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Immunosuppressive Drugs for Crohn's Disease:

Immunosuppressive drugs are another kind of drug used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease. Smaller doses have been known to be effective in reducing inflammation. It is unknown as to how the drug reduces inflammation, but it is thought that the immune system is overactive in IBD and the ability to suppress the immune system is what treats the problem.

Immunosuppressive drugs are most commonly used when the patient does not wish to use steroids. These drugs are usually only considered after drug therapy from sulfasalazine, 5-ASA, and antibiotics have proven unsatisfactory.

The side effect of greatest concern with using these drugs is the reduction of the effectiveness of a patient's immune system. Resistance to infections decreases and may become serious if unusual infections that are difficult to diagnose and treat occur. Patients should report any fever, chills, or persistent sore throat to their doctor immediately.

See related articles:
Crohn's Disease General Information
Drug Therapy for Crohn's Disease
Drugs that Reduce Inflammation
Drugs that Treat Symptoms

Drug Therapy articles:
5-ASA (5-Aminosalicylate)
Antibiotics for Crohn's Disease
Bile-salt Binders
Bulk Formers
Immunosuppressive Drugs
Steroids for Crohn's Disease
Sulfasalasinze for Crohn's Disease

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