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When are drugs that target your immune system used to treat Crohn's disease?

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There are several reasons your doctor might want you to try immune system drugs:

  • Because other drugs don’t work. Or your doctor may think you're too dependent on steroids to lower inflammation.
  • To keep flares away. Immune system drugs can help keep your Crohn's symptoms from coming back. It may take up to 3 months before they take effect.
  • To treat a fistula. This type of abnormal connection goes from one part of your intestine to another. It can also go from your digestive system to places like your bladder, vagina, anus, or skin.

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

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