PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How do azathioprine and mercaptopurine work for Crohn's disease?

ANSWER

Azathioprine and mercaptopurine can help keep flare-ups at bay. But they may take months to work. You might need a faster-acting drug like a steroid until they do.

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Immunomodulators," "Crohn's Disease Medication Options," "Biologic Therapies."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "What are the treatments for Crohn's Disease?"

FDA: “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Immunomodulators," "Crohn's Disease Medication Options," "Biologic Therapies."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "What are the treatments for Crohn's Disease?"

FDA: “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

How does methotrexate work for Crohn's disease and what are its side effects?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.