There are many different treatments available to help you live well with your Crohn’s or Colitis. Together with your IBD team, you can decide what treatment is right for you.
At first, medicines aim to reduce inflammation in the gut to bring about remission. Remission is when you feel better and your Crohn's or Colitis symptoms aren't bothering you. Once the condition is under control, your doctor will usually continue to prescribe drugs to maintain remission and prevent relapse (feeling unwell again) – this is called maintenance treatment.
Medicines to treat Crohn's and Colitis
Immunosuppressant medicines These medicines control the immune system to stop it attacking the gut:
Sometimes people with Crohn's or Colitis require surgery. A range of surgeries can be recommended and these guides looks at what they are and when they are necessary, weighing up the pros and cons in the process:
Browse our list of free booklets, information sheets and guides for detailed information about other forms of treatment for Crohn’s and Colitis, including dietary therapy, counselling and controlling fatigue.
We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.
Our helpline team can provide information on a range of subjects including:
Test and diagnosis
Help to find support from others living with the condition
Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).