An Explainer on the Types of Steroids Used to Treat Crohn’s

An Explainer on the Types of Steroids Used to Treat Crohn’s
Corticosteroids are typically the go-to medications to treat moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. This class of steroids mimics cortisol, a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. These medications are used to treat a variety of conditions that are associated with severe inflammation in the body.

Types of steroids prescribed

Just as a specific type of antibiotic medication is more efficient at treating a particular bacterial infection, different classes of corticosteroids are more effective for certain conditions. Corticosteroids come in various forms: oral, injectables, topical, and powder/liquid for inhalation. Some types of corticosteroids are used to treat Crohn’s to calm intestinal inflammation and control disease flares. Prednisone is the most commonly prescribed corticosteroid. This medication is used to treat a variety of conditions where inflammation is the root cause, such as asthma, arthritis, psoriasis, skin problems, severe allergies, and infections. Glucocorticoids are a subclass of corticosteroid. Budesonide is a glucocorticoid and comes in suspension liquid, powder, and pill form. The pill form is most commonly used for mild to moderate Crohn’s disease. Many gastrointestinal doctors use milder medications to treat Crohn’s symptoms initially before switching to
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