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Medications for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Other names: IBD

About Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Crohn's disease is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract but most commonly occurs in the ileum (the area where the small and large intestine meet).

Drugs used to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
budesonide 7.7 25 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: budesonide systemic

Brand name:  Entocort EC

Drug class: inhaled corticosteroids, glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

prednisone 6.0 4 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

mesalamine 8.0 10 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: mesalamine systemic

Brand names:  Asacol, Lialda, Pentasa, Apriso, Asacol HD, Delzicol, Rowasa …show all

Drug class: 5-aminosalicylates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Entocort EC 7.9 11 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: budesonide systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

sulfasalazine 10 2 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: sulfasalazine systemic

Brand names:  Azulfidine, Azulfidine EN-tabs

Drug class: antirheumatics, 5-aminosalicylates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Asacol 9.0 1 review
Rx B N

Generic name: mesalamine systemic

Drug class: 5-aminosalicylates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Lialda 4.0 1 review
Rx B N

Generic name: mesalamine systemic

Drug class: 5-aminosalicylates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Pentasa 9.5 2 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: mesalamine systemic

Drug class: 5-aminosalicylates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

hydrocortisone Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone systemic

Brand names:  Cortef, Colocort, Cortifoam, Solu-Cortef, Cortenema …show all

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Apriso 9.5 2 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: mesalamine systemic

Drug class: 5-aminosalicylates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

azathioprine 5.0 2 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: azathioprine systemic

Brand names:  Imuran, Azasan

Drug class: antirheumatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

mercaptopurine Off-label Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: mercaptopurine systemic

Drug class: antimetabolites

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

dexamethasone Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Brand names:  Dexamethasone Intensol, De-Sone LA, Dxevo, ZoDex …show all

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Remicade Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: infliximab systemic

Drug class: antirheumatics, TNF alfa inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Asacol HD Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: mesalamine systemic

Drug class: 5-aminosalicylates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Imuran 1.0 1 review
Rx D N

Generic name: azathioprine systemic

Drug class: antirheumatics, other immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Azulfidine Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: sulfasalazine systemic

Drug class: antirheumatics, 5-aminosalicylates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

infliximab Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: infliximab systemic

Brand name:  Remicade

Drug class: antirheumatics, TNF alfa inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Acthar Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: corticotropin systemic

Drug class: corticotropin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

cyclosporine Off-label Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: cyclosporine systemic

Drug class: calcineurin inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Dexamethasone Intensol Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Gastrocrom Rate Add review
Rx B N

Generic name: cromolyn systemic

Drug class: mast cell stabilizers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Cortef Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: hydrocortisone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

corticotropin Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: corticotropin systemic

Brand names:  Acthar, H.P. Acthar Gel

Drug class: corticotropin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

cromolyn 6.5 2 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: cromolyn systemic

Brand name:  Gastrocrom

Drug class: mast cell stabilizers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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