Medications for Colitis
The anti-inflammatory medications that are prescribed for inflammatory bowel disease include the sulfasalazine;Azulfidine. Mesalamine drugs include Asacol and Rowasa while Colazal (balsalazide) and Dipentum (alsalazine) are also used. Corticosteroids are used for moderate or severe IBD. The immune suppressor medications include the azathioprines, Azasan and Imuran and the mercaptopurine, Purinethos. Cyclosporines, Gengraf, Neoral and Sandimmune are sometimes recommended. Another immune suppressor that may be dosed is Remicade (infliximab). The anti-diarrhea medications include the psyllium powder Metamucil and the methylcellulose treatment, Citrucel. Imodium (loperamide) is recommended for severe diarrhea. Tylenol is recommended to relieve pain but NSAIDS are not recommended as they can make the situation worse.