What is the first step in medication therapy for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The first step in medication therapy for IBD is usually aminosalicylates. There are several different aminosalicylates, but none have been consistently demonstrated to be superior to the others for all patients. These agents appear to have greater efficacy for the treatment of ulcerative colitis than for Crohn disease, for which efficacy data are limited. For Crohn disease, metronidazole or ciprofloxacin is occasionally used, particularly for perianal disease or an inflammatory mass.


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