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What treatment will allow my Crohn's disease to go into remission?

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Your doctor will use medications. Your treatment plan will depend on how the disease affects your body. Most people need one or more drugs to ease their inflammation, reduce symptoms like pain or diarrhea, and help damaged intestines heal. These include:

  • Steroids like prednisone (Deltasone)
  • Drugs to slow down your immune system, like azathioprine (Imuran and Azasan), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune, Restasis, and Gengraf), mercaptopurine (Purinethol and Purixan), or methotrexate (Trexall and Rasuvo)
  • TNF inhibitor meds like adalimumab (Humira), certolizumab pegol (Cimzia), or infliximab (Remicade)
  • Newer biologic drugs like natalizumab (Tysabri), ustekinumab (Stelara), or vedolizumab (Entyvio)
  • Antibiotics like ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cetraxal, Ciloxan, and Proquin) or metronidazole (Flagyl)

SOURCES:

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, Director, Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; spokesman, American Gastroenterological Association;

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Maintenance Therapy.”

Lichtenstein, Gary R. , published online, January 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s Disease: Treatments and drugs.”

Herfarth, Hans. April/May 2013. AGA Perspectives,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, Director, Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; spokesman, American Gastroenterological Association;

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Maintenance Therapy.”

Lichtenstein, Gary R. , published online, January 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s Disease: Treatments and drugs.”

Herfarth, Hans. April/May 2013. AGA Perspectives,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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