When are immunosuppressants useful in the treatment of Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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If steroid withdrawal proves difficult, immunosuppressants such as azathioprine or its active metabolite 6-MP may be considered. Treatment response is usually observed within 3-6 months. Because of the risk of bone marrow suppression, careful supervision is needed.


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