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Treatment for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis depends on how severe the symptoms are, and how much of the gut is affected. 

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.

Following my surgery, there’s nothing stopping me, and since I came back from surgery I’ve missed just one day’s training. I’m living a normal life again, balancing football with a busy family life.

Darren Fletcher, Premiership footballer
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2008

Medicines to treat Crohn's and Colitis

Immunosuppressant medicines
These medicines control the immune system to stop it attacking the gut:

Other medicines


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:

Other forms of treatment

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.

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