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Is there any real cure for someone with MS and Crohns other than Pentasia and Pentasa?

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Crohn's is not curable, doctors do not hold out nor hide the magic cure that some tout as available but "not yet approved" but will sell you the secret for a price. At present doctors can only help alleviate the symptoms, encourage remission and continue to research a cure. Pentasa is an Aminosalicylate (5-asa) including Sulfasalazine,dipentum and colazal. They are one way to help but there are other drug treatments.

Immune Modifiers such as Azathioprine (Imuran) and 6-MP (Purinethol) that help heal fistula's and maintain disease remission.

Corticosteroids like Prednisone and methylprednisolone non specifically suppress the immune system. Temporary but effective.

Since 1998 new biologic therapies have been approved. Infliximab (Remicade) is used for severe active Crohn's and is given by infusion. Very promising and only one of the newly researched biologic treatments.

As for the MS, many of the treatment for Crohn's are similar to the treatments for MS exacerbations (flare-ups) but with a few extra's.

Avonex (interferon beta-1a) Betaseron (interferon beta-1b)

glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) and Novantrone are all good reliable drugs used to treat inflamation in the central nervous system slowing or blocking nerve impulses.

These are many of the other drugs used. If Pentasa has not or is no longer offering relief, discuss your options with your doctors.

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