Biologic Therapy for Crohn's Disease

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Paige Greenfield

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How Biologics Are Given

If you have Crohn’s disease, your doctor may recommend biologic therapies, or biologics. Currently, there are six approved biologics for Crohn’s disease:

  • Adalimumab (Humira)

  • Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia)

  • Infliximab (Remicade)

  • Natalizumab (Tysabri)

  • Vedolizumab (Entyvio)

  • Ustekinumab (Stelara)

What Are Biologics?

Biologics are made from parts of living organisms such as proteins, genes and antibodies. When used to treat Crohn’s disease, biologics target and interfere with specific parts of the body’s inflammatory response.

What sets biologics apart from other types of treatment is that they target particular proteins involved in Crohn’s disease. For example, while steroids suppress the entire immune system, biologics work in a more specific manner to help control your symptoms.

Dr. Tanvi Dhere, M.D., talks about what exactly Crohn's disease is, while also detailing what patients can do to treat the condition.

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