Patient Comments: Crohn's Disease - Medications

What medications have you taken for Crohn's disease? Have any of them helped with symptoms?

Comment from: RJ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 27

I found out 2 years ago I had Crohn's disease and was given Apriso (generic form) this past December and I had to quit it due to a reaction to it. I had taken it for a good 3 months, but one of the side effects was too much. I broke out with a rash plus had itching. I am seeing my gastrointestinal specialist in April.

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Comment from: norsequeen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I was diagnosed about 25 years ago with Crohn's disease and at that time, to my knowledge, there was only one medication that was prescribed; Asacol. Because there was no generic for it, eventually my insurance stopped paying for it and the cost to me was over USD 300 per month. I decided to stop taking it except for really bad relapses. I've not taken anything for the last 15 years at least. Asacol was very good for stopping the symptoms and I usually only needed it for a month or less.

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Comment from: Stefan, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

Alongside Crohn's I also suffer from ankylosing spondylitis, so with my bowel problems I also had problems walking. But after many failed attempts I found Humira (adalimumab). Not only did it fix my joints and back problems but also my Crohn's disease related problems. The therapy is painless and no side effects so far. I can run, jump, and eat what I want (but only moderately). The only down side is it is very expensive here where I live (500 euro per shot). I strongly suggest this medicine for any Crohn's patients.

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Comment from: Robert, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

I suffered for about 2 1/2 years before finding a treatment to relieve my symptoms. It began suddenly, just prior to an overseas trip which had to be cancelled. I began to see fresh blood in my stool and by the next day I probably had a high fever (because I had hallucinations during the night but no thermometer) and felt very weak and nauseous. I saw my primary doctor and he arranged a colonoscopy, scheduled in six weeks. Two years, two colonoscopies, one camera swallow, countless blood tests and four gastroenterologists later I started budesonide and began getting relief from the continuous bloody diarrhea. In the interim, I had tried Asacol, Pentasa, Lialda, balsalazide, mesalamine, enemas and prednisone. I seem to be in remission now on 3mg of budesonide daily.

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Comment from: Rush, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I was diagnosed 3 years ago with Crohn's disease and have been fairly asymptomatic after adapting a bread free, carbonation free, high protein diet. The absolute worst is soda pop. It burns all the way down and all the way through my stomach. I am fairly yeast intolerant hence the avoidance of bread. If I do have a flare though my go-to foods are plain mashed potatoes or string cheese.

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Comment from: zf88, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

I have had a lot of success with Crohn's over the last two years, with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

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Crohn's Disease - Symptoms Question: The symptoms of Crohn's disease can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?
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