There’s no cure however, there are excellent treatments now available, which means people can lead relatively normal lives. The treatments include five ASAs, or aminosalicylates. Those are mild forms of immunosuppressants and they target the digestive tract directly. Those are usually our starting medications. The next set of medications that are often used are antibiotics. Certain types of Crohn’s disease, antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin and flagyl have been shown to be very effective. Steroids, whether they be systemic conventional corticosteroids such as prednisone or non-systemic steroids such as budesonide are also very helpful, especially in the acute phase where patients are really, really sick. We don’t like to use steroids long term because they have a lot of potential side effects. However, in the short term, they’re very affecting getting control over patients’ disease.
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