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Let's Talk About Crohn's Disease Medication

With so many options available and more coming down the pike, you’re bound to find a treatment that works for you. Here's what to know about the latest drug therapies.

    Our Pro PanelCrohn’s Disease Medications

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts on Crohn's to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Jami Kinnucan, M.D.

    Jami Kinnucan, M.D.Gastroenterologist, IBD Specialist, and Assistant Professor of Medicine

    University of Michigan School of Medicine
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Neilanjan Nandi

    Neilanjan Nandi, M.D.Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    Drexel University School of Medicine
    Philadelphia
    Frank I. Scott, M.D.

    Frank I. Scott, M.D.Gastroenterologist, IBD Specialist, and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology

    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Aurora, CO

    Frequently Asked QuestionsCrohn’s Disease Medications

    Does Crohn’s mean I’ll need to take medications for the rest of my life?

    Most likely. You won’t necessarily take the same medications, however. The types of meds you need may change over time, as your body and the disease adapt and evolve. Plus, new and better medications are being developed all the time.

    Steroids work. Why can’t I keep taking them?

    Steroids are great for getting flares under control, but they have many serious side effects when used long term, including high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and cataracts. Biologics and immunomodulators are more beneficial and safer for longer term treatment.

    Can I just go straight to biologics?

    That may be an option. Biologics initially targeted moderate to severe symptoms in people who didn’t respond well to other therapies. However, biologics have been so effective that they are starting to be used more and more as first-line treatments. Talk to your doctor about the possibility.

    Does medical marijuana help with Crohn’s?

    We don’t have any good research supporting the use of medical marijuana for Crohn’s disease, but anecdotally patients have reported that it relieves some of their symptoms. It’s important to understand, however, that medical marijuana should not replace the other medications needed to induce and stay in remission.

    Stephanie Wood

    Stephanie Wood

    Stephanie Wood is a award-winning freelance writer and former magazine editor specializing in health, nutrition, wellness, and parenting.