Crohn's Disease Treatment
Medications for Treating Crohn's DiseaseYour healthcare provider may prescribe medications to relieve inflammation in your digestive tract, reduce your body's immune response, or both.
Not everyone responds the same way to medicines, so your healthcare provider may have to try several before finding one that controls the disease with a minimum of side effects.
Medications used for the treatment of Crohn's disease include:
- Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
- Immunosuppressive drugs, including 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP, Purinethol®) and azathioprine (Imuran®)
- Biologic response modifiers, including infliximab (Remicade®), adalimumab (Humira®), and certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®)
- Antidiarrheal medicines.
(Click Crohn's Disease Medications for more information.)
Dietary Changes for the Treatment of Crohn's DiseaseThere is no special diet that has been proven effective for preventing, treating, or curing Crohn's disease. With that being said, diet can have an effect on associated symptoms. For example, in many people, certain foods (such as spicy foods and dairy products) can make symptoms worse. Identifying and avoiding these foods can improve symptoms.
People with Crohn's disease can also be at increased risk for nutritional deficiencies and osteoporosis. To help prevent malnutrition, your healthcare provider may recommend that you take a vitamin supplement. He or she may also recommend other osteoporosis prevention strategies (see Crohn's and Osteoporosis).
(Click Crohn's Disease Diet to learn about dietary changes people with this condition should make and information about foods that may make symptoms worse.)