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The drug information here, and in the linked pages, does not contain all the possible information about the drugs. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you additional information to answer any questions you may have. It has been developed, and is maintained, by Mount Sinai Hospital staff.

The information applies only to inpatients and outpatients of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. It is not applicable to, and was not intended for use in, any other setting. This information is not a standard that is to be rigidly adhered to, and it is not intended to usurp clinical judgment.

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Name Why is this medicine prescribed?
Azathioprine
Imuran
Azathioprine is an immunosuppressant, which decreases the body’s natural immunity. It is used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in patients who are unresponsive to other treatments.
Budesonide
Entocort
Busdesonide (Entocort) is used for the treatment of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn’s disease (CD). The enema preparation of budesonide is used to treat UC located in the rectum and lower part of the colon. The capsule preparation is used to treat CD located at the end of the small intestine and beginning of the colon.
Ciprofloxacin
Cipro
Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria. In the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it works by altering the bacteria in the intestines, which can help to decrease inflammation.
Infliximab
Remicade
Infliximab is used to treat moderate to severe Crohn’s disease and Crohn’s disease with fistulas if the patient has had an inadequate response to corticosteroids or immunosuppressants or cannot take corticosteroids or immunosuppressants due to side effects. It is also used to treat moderative to severe ulcerative colitis if the patient has has an inadequate reponse to corticosteroids or immunosuppressants or cannot take corticosteroids or immunosuppressants due to side effects.
Adalimumab
Humira
Adalimumab is used to treat moderate to severe Crohn’s disease if the patient has had an inadequate response to corticosteroids or immunosuppressants or cannot take corticosteroids or immunosuppressants due to side effects.
5-ASA / Mesalamine
Asacol, Pentasa, Mesasal, Salofalk,
5-aminosalacylic acid
This medication is used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. It works by reducing bowel inflammation and other symptoms of the disease.
Methotrexate
Rheumatrex, amethopterin
Methotrexate can be used in the treatment of some severe cases of Crohn’s disease, in order to improve symptoms and decrease the dose of prednisone required.
Metronidazole
Flagyl
Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria. In the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it works by altering the bacteria in the intestines, which can help to decrease inflammation.
Prednisone Prednisone is a corticosteroid, similar to a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Prednisone relieves inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Sulfasalazine
Salazopyrin, Salazopyrin En-tabs,
5-Aminosalacylic acid (5-ASA)
This medication is used to decrease bowel inflammation, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
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