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A 30-year-old member asked:

What medications treat crohn's disease?

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Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Immunosuppressives: Big word but the goal of therapy in crohn's disease is to decrease the inflammation in the lining of the bowel. The two familes of medications used are anti-inflammatory medications - thick Motrin for the gut and immunosuppressive medications. Asa compounds such as pentasa, (mesalamine) steroids and medications such as 6-mercaptopurine and remicaide are all used based on how severe your symptoms are.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How can I treat Crohn's disease?

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Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez-simon
Pediatrics 18 years experience
See a gi doctor: There are many different treatments for crohn's disease. The decision of which medication regimen is best involves reviewing your previous medications, current symptoms, findings on physical exam and endoscopic biopsy results. After reviewing all this info the doctor will discuss the treatment options with you.
A 23-year-old female asked:

How does a gastroenterologist treat Crohn's disease?

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Crohns: can be treated with mesalamine or Asacol or sulfasalazine, acute or severe cases can be treated with steroids or steroid sparing drugs like azathoprine or cyclosporine or biologic agents
A 21-year-old female asked:

How do you diagnose and treat Crohn's disease because I think I have it?

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Dr. Nicholas Karyotakis
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
First see a doctor: Crohn's disease can be diagnosed with a combination of lab testing including xrays (enterography, ct scan) endoscopic biopsies and new serological markers (ibd panel). Newer modalities such as capsule endoscopy where you swallow a small pill-size camera that examines your intestines can help diagnose more subtle cases. The treatment is based on medications that suppress intestinal inflammation.
A 30-year-old member asked:

With complementary alternative medications, does it help at all with Crohn's disease?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
None decrease infl: Decreasing symptoms not same as decreasing inflammation. Herbals may or may not decrease spasm in bowel, some may aggravate. Gut bacteria increasingly studied, but science in infancy, and bacteria aren't like a military drill team-not orderly. Probiotics may be of modest benefit (variable, not all the same); low fat, high omega 3 intake maybe modest help. Spec cho diet poor data. Check ccfa.Org.

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Last updated Jun 30, 2014


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