Corticosteroids for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Why It Is Used
Corticosteroids are used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease (Reference inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD Opens New Window).
- Corticosteroid pills are used to stop symptoms of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis when aminosalicylates, such as sulfasalazine or mesalamine, have not worked.
- Corticosteroid enemas, suppositories, creams, or foam can be used to treat mild to moderate ulcerative colitis that is limited to the rectum or lower part of the colon.
- Severe extensive disease sometimes requires treatment with intravenous (IV) corticosteroids.
- Corticosteroid pills are used to stop symptoms of moderate to severe Crohn's disease. They are used when other medicines have not worked to stop a flare-up of Crohn's disease.
- More severe symptoms of Crohn's disease may need to be treated with corticosteroids given in a vein (intravenous, or IV). This is usually done in the hospital.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 8, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology