Medicine is only needed if you or your child becomes seriously ill with celiac disease or if Reference complications develop. Some complications, such as delayed growth, can't be treated with medicine.
Your doctor may recommend taking a vitamin supplement to make sure you get enough vitamins and minerals.
Some doctors prescribe steroid medicines to ease inflammation in the intestine and to help it absorb nutrients better. But not all doctors agree on this.
If other possible illnesses have been ruled out, steroids or other medicines that change the immune system response may be used to treat refractory Reference sprue Opens New Window that doesn't respond to a gluten-free diet.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerry S. Trier, MD - Gastroenterology