If you’ve been living with Crohn’s disease symptoms for some time, you’ve likely tried several types of treatment in search of relief. Below is a breakdown of the five main types, some of which you’re probably familiar with, and information about a more recent option—called biologics—that may be worth exploring with your doctor.
5 Types of Treatments
There are 5 groups of medications used to treat Crohn’s disease.
These drugs work in the GI tract to decrease inflammation
Oral, topical, or intravenously infused drugs used to suppress the immune system
Oral or injectable drugs that modify or weaken the immune system to reduce inflammation
Some can treat bacterial infections in the GI tract
The newest type of therapy, biologics are injectables or infusions that target inflammation that may cause Crohn's disease symptoms
*Recommended by the American College of Gastroenterology Practice Guidelines for the treatment of Crohn’s disease but it is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
The STELARA® Option
STELARA® is a prescription biologic with dosing designed specifically for Crohn’s disease. Only STELARA® starts with a one-time intravenous (IV) infusion to help reduce symptoms, followed by subcutaneous maintenance injections to help keep the disease under control.