When are immunomodulators and biologic agents indicated in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients are candidates for immunomodulators (azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, methotrexate) or anti-TNF agents (infliximab, adalimumab, certolizumab pegol) and biologic agents if flares are frequent (>1-2 times), if the duration of steroid use is prolonged (more than a few weeks per year), if reduction of the steroid dose causes recurrence of symptoms (steroid dependent), or if steroids do not appear to be working (steroid refractory).


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