Of the many available treatments for Crohn's disease, perhaps the most interesting is biologics—because unlike most medications, they’re made from antibodies, genetically engineered from living organisms in a lab.
You might have heard of natural antibodies—they're our frontline soldiers, produced in our immune system to combat invaders like chemicals, bacteria, and viruses, otherwise known as antigens. Sometimes we produce antibodies when our immune system incorrectly identifies healthy tissue as an antigen, resulting in an autoimmune disorder. While Crohn's disease doesn’t meet standard criteria as an autoimmune disorder, it is a chronic inflammatory disorder, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Biologics work to stop that inflammatory response. Here's what you need to know about them.