Treatments for Crohn's Disease

Because Crohn’s disease has no permanent cure, the goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation and symptoms, prevent flare-ups, and maintain longer periods of remission.

Doctors use drug therapy, lifestyle changes, surgery, and any combination of these options to help reduce the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

Read through the articles below to get a better idea of your treatment options. Consult with you doctor before making any changes to your current treatment.

Video: Overview of Treatments

Gastroenterologist Dr. Howard Siegel provides viewers with a comprehensive overview of treatments from anti-inflammatory drugs to surgery.

Drugs to Treat Crohn’s Disease

There are several types of medications for Crohn's patients, such as aminosalicylates and antibiotics, Learn their effects and their side effects.

TNF-alpha Inhibitors vs. Biological Therapies

For patients who have tried steroids, antibiotics and other treatments with no signs of relief, tumor necrosis factor can be an effective, but risky, solution.

Treating Children Who Have Crohn’s

Learn about the challenges of treating children with Crohn's disease and what you can do about it.

Understanding Maintenance Therapy

Discover important maintenance therapies for people with Crohn's disease, such as lifestyle changes and medications.

Anti-Diarrheal Drugs for Crohn’s

Learn about popular over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medicines—including Pepto-Bismol, Imodium, and others—that may help Crohn's patients.

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Partial Removal of Intestines

When medications aren’t working, some Chron’s patients turn to surgery. Find out if surgical removal of part of your intestines may help and what the procedure entails.

Hook Worms as a Treatment for Crohn’s

Find out why hook worms may work as a treatment for Crohn’s disease. Learn about research that's being conducted and the side effects of hook worm therapy.

Immune System Suppressors (Immunodulators) for Crohn’s

Learn about five medications for Crohn's disease, such as BCG and Levamisole, that work by suppressing your immune system to decrease inflammation of the bowels.

Herbs & Supplements to Treat Crohn’s

Some Crohn’s patients are turning to alternative medicine. Find out which herbs and supplements may help your Crohn's disease and how effective they may be.


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