Which medications may be used to reduce inflammation in Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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For colon and small bowel inflammation, anti-inflammatory drugs or antibiotics are helpful. Neither sulfasalazine nor balsalazide alleviates small bowel disease. Products such as mesalamine, which releases 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) in the distal small bowel secondary to pH changes are more useful in patients with small intestinal Crohn disease.


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