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(budesonide)

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Uceris
(budesonide)

Imuran
(azathioprine)

Intal
(cromolyn)

Purinethol
(mercaptopurine)

Lialda
(mesalamine)

Azulfidine
(sulfasalazine)

Humira
(adalimumab)

Remicade
(infliximab)

Uceris (Budesonide) decreases inflammation from Crohn’s disease. Uceris (Budesonide) helps treat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, but you can’t take it for long because of its serious side effects.Prevents organ rejection and relieves joint pain and inflammation. Imuran (Azathioprine) is an effective medication for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and transplant rejection, but comes with a heavy list of side effects.Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Intal (Cromolyn) is a good option to relieve nasal allergy symptoms when antihistamines aren't working. Good choice for pregnant women.Coming soon.Treats inflammatory bowel disease. Lialda (Mesalamine) is an effective first-line medicine for inflammatory bowel disease. There isn't a generic version and you'll have to take it multiple times a day.Reduces inflammation. Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is used for moderate to severe inflammatory bowel conditions, and with other meds for treating rheumatoid arthritis.Calms down the immune system. Humira (adalimumab) is good for treating many autoimmune conditions, but it can also cause serious side effects.Calms down your immune system. Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.
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Reviews for Humira (adalimumab)
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-40% worse vs. Uceris (budesonide)
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-49% worse vs. Uceris (budesonide)
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-26% worse vs. Uceris (budesonide)
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Reviews for Remicade (infliximab)
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-24% worse vs. Uceris (budesonide)
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-38% worse vs. Uceris (budesonide)
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-15% worse vs. Uceris (budesonide)
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Side effects
BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
  • Headache 1%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Decreased blood cortisol 4%
  • Upper abdominal pain 2%
  • Fatigue 1%
More Budesonide side effects »
  • Infections 20%
  • Leukopenia <2500 cells/mm3 16%
  • Leukopenia (any degree) 28%
  • Nausea and vomiting 12%
More Imuran side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Cromolyn side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Cromolyn »

We haven’t found good data for Mercaptopurine side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Mercaptopurine »
  • Abdominal pain 4%
  • Eructation 1%
  • Pain 6%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Back pain 2%
More Asacol side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Sulfasalazine side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Sulfasalazine »
  • Upper airway infection 4%
  • Rash 6%
  • Headache 4%
  • Sinus infection 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Injection site reactions 7%
  • Urinary tract infection 3%
  • Flu syndrome 1%
  • Stomach pain 3%
  • High cholesterol 2%
More Humira side effects »
  • Infections 11%
  • Infusion reaction 13%
More Remicade side effects »
How it works
BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
Uceris (Budesonide) is a corticosteroid. It reduces the inflammation in your intestines by blocking the proteins that trigger inflammation.Imuran (Azathioprine) is an immunosuppressant medication. It blocks the production of the white blood cells that kill unfamiliar cells.Intal (Cromolyn) is a mast-cell stabilizer nasal spray that prevents and treats seasonal allergies.Coming soon.Lialda (Mesalamine) is an anti-inflammatory medication. Researchers don't know exactly how Lialda (Mesalamine) works in the colon, but it seems to lower the chemicals in the body that cause inflammation.Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is an anti-inflammatory drug that reduces inflammation and pain. It treats inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.Humira (adalimumab) is a TNF blocker which stops inflammation.Remicade (Infliximab) is a biologic response modifier. It works in the immune system to block a protein called TNF (tumor necrosis factor). Blocking TNF relieves symptoms and prevents disease progression.
Type of medication
BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
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Prescription only
Prescription or OTC
Prescription only
Prescription only
Prescription only
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Available as
BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Enema
  • Suppository
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Injection
  • Injection
Used for
BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
      • Liver disease
      • High blood pressure
      • Diabetes
      • Osteoporosis
      • Peptic ulcer
      • Other corticosteroid use
      Detailed Uceris (budesonide) risks & warnings »
            • Sexually active men and women
            • Pregnant women
            • Child-bearing women
            Detailed Imuran (azathioprine) risks & warnings »
            Coming soon.Coming soon.
            • Asthma
            • Rhinitis
            • Nasal polyps
            • Aspirin allergy
            • NSAID allergy
            • Kidney problems
            • Liver problems
            • Age 65 or older
            • Liver problems
            • Taking Lialda (Mesalamine) at the start of treatment
            Detailed Lialda (mesalamine) risks & warnings »
                    Detailed Azulfidine (sulfasalazine) risks & warnings »
                    • Taking other immunosuppressant medications such as Kineret or Orencia
                    • Age 65 or older
                    • Active, chronic, or recurrent infection
                    • Comorbidities
                    • Taking other immunosuppressant medications, such as azathiprine or 6-mercaptopurine, at the same time as Humira (adalimumab)
                    • History of malignancy
                    • Adolescent age
                    • COPD with significant smoking history
                      • History of heart failure
                      • Preexisting or recently acquired neurologic condition
                        Detailed Humira (adalimumab) risks & warnings »
                          • History of heart failure
                          • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
                          • Age 60 or older
                          • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
                          • History of malignancy
                          • History of neurologic condition
                              Detailed Remicade (infliximab) risks & warnings »
                              Pregnancy

                              Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                              Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                              Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

                              Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                              Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

                              Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

                              Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

                              Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

                              Alcohol
                              BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
                              • You can’t drink alcohol while taking Uceris (Budesonide).
                              • Drinking alcohol is okay while taking Imuran (Azathioprine).
                              No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
                              Food
                              BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
                              • Take Uceris (Budesonide) with meals to avoid upsetting your stomach.
                              No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.
                              • Swallow tablets whole, and take after a meal with a full glass of water.
                              No food related info.No food related info.
                              Kidneys and liver
                              BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
                              • Adrenal suppression leading to adrenal crisis can occur when taking Uceris (Budesonide). Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extremely low energy, and depression. Changes in your Uceris (Budesonide) dose need to be done slowly over time. Talk to your doctor before you make any changes or stop your medication.
                              No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
                              • Not a good option if you have kidney disease.
                              • Lialda (Mesalamine) is broken down by the kidney and liver. If you have kidney or liver problems, talk to your doctor because you may need to take a different dose of the medication.
                              • Rarely, Lialda (Mesalamine) can cause liver injury, hepatitis, and liver failure. Let your doctor know and get medical attention if you notice yellowing skin or eyes.
                              • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) isn't a good option if you have kidney or liver disease.
                              • Severe hypersensitivity reactions can include internal organ involvement, such as hepatitis (liver), nephritis (kidney), myocarditis (heart), blood abnormalities, or pneumonitis (lungs).
                              No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
                              Sleep
                              BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
                              No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
                              • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
                              No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
                              Weight
                              BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
                              No weight related info.No weight related info.No weight related info.No weight related info.No weight related info.No weight related info.No weight related info.
                              • Although rare, Remicade (Infliximab) can cause serious liver injury. You'll need to have your liver enzymes tested regularly. If liver enzymes are significantly elevated and you have appetite/weight loss, stomach discomfort, vomiting, and notice dark urine, yellowing of skin/eyes, change in stool color, and skin rash you should stop treatment with Remicade (Infliximab) until you can be completely assessed,
                              Upsides and benefits
                              BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
                              • Uceris (Budesonide) works for 50-70% of people with mild to moderate Crohn’s disease.
                              • Uceris (Budesonide) is preferred over Prednisone for treating people with Crohn’s disease.
                              • Causes fewer side effects than other corticosteroids.
                              • Low doses of Uceris (Budesonide) can be used for a few weeks or even a few months to achieve remission.
                              • Imuran (Azathioprine) has proven to be effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
                              • Imuran (Azathioprine) decreases the pain, stiffness, and swelling that most people have with rheumatoid arthritis.
                              • You can still get vaccinated for the flu while taking Imuran (Azathioprine).
                              • Drinking alcohol is okay while taking Imuran (Azathioprine).
                              • Most side effects are temporary.
                              • Treats nasal allergy symptoms.
                              • Most people don't have many side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
                              • It's a good option for pregnant women. Can also be used for kids 2 years and older.
                              • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
                              • No prescription is needed.
                              Coming soon
                              • Effective first-line medication for treating and lowering the symptoms of mild inflammatory bowel disease.
                              • About half the people who have mild to moderate colon inflammation and take Lialda (Mesalamine) will see improvement.
                              • Available in tablets, capsules, enemas, and suppositories.
                              • Certain forms of Lialda (Mesalamine) can be used during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you're pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant, and you want to take Lialda (Mesalamine).
                              • When taken consistently, Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) can control your symptoms of ulcerative colitis and other bowel diseases.
                              • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is usually used in combination with other medications to control rheumatoid arthritis.
                              • Humira (adalimumab) is effective in reducing symptoms in all of its approved indications.
                              • You can give yourself Humira (adalimumab) on your own at home rather than visiting a clinic or hospital.
                              • Humira (adalimumab) treats many different autoimmune conditions.
                              • Available in a single-use pen (Humira Pen) that may be more convenient and easier for some people to use.
                              • Treats certain types of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions caused by an overactive immune system.
                              • Remicade has almost two decades of clinical trial data and real-life experience with millions of people who have used it.
                              • Initial dosing to introduce Remicade to your body might be a hassle, but then you only need to take it every 6-8 weeks depending on your condition.
                              Downsides and risks
                              BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
                              • Many people decide to stop taking Uceris (Budesonide) because of its side effects.
                              • Uceris (Budesonide) isn't recommended for long-term treatment.
                              • You can’t drink alcohol while taking Uceris (Budesonide).
                              • Taking corticosteroids like Uceris (Budesonide) can make it hard for your body to fight infections.
                              • Uceris (Budesonide) can pass into breast milk if you're nursing.
                              • If you take Imuran (Azathioprine) for rheumatoid arthritis, you'll likely need to take additional medications to control your symptoms.
                              • While taking Imuran (Azathioprine), you will have to get your blood tested once a week for the first month, every other week for the second and third month, and once every month after that.
                              • Along with other side effects, your hair may begin to change color or fall out when you first start taking Imuran (Azathioprine), but this is usually temporary.
                              • You'll likely have to take additional medications, like methotrexate to keep your rheumatoid arthritis in remission.
                              • Needs to be used regularly for at least a week to see any good effects.
                              • Can have an unpleasant smell or taste.
                              • Can cause headaches, or burning and stinging in your nose.
                              Coming soon
                              • No generic versions are available for the tablets, capsules, and suppositories (meaning it could be somewhat expensive).
                              • Doesn't work well for severe colon inflammation.
                              • You may need to take Lialda (Mesalamine) three or four times a day.
                              • Not a good option if you have kidney disease.
                              • You need to have blood tests every 3 months when taking Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine).
                              • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) isn't a good option if you have kidney or liver disease.
                              • Can't take Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) if you are allergic to aspirin or sulfa medications.
                              • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) shouldn't be used if you are breastfeeding.
                              • Not first-choice treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
                              • Humira (adalimumab) is an injection and not an oral medication.
                              • Humira (adalimumab) is expensive because there's no generic available yet.
                              • Humira (adalimumab) lowers your ability to fight infection and in some cases can cause serious life-threatening illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, have an active infection, diabetes, or had tuberculosis (TB) in the past.
                              • You'll need to properly dispose of the needle, syringes, or Pen in a sharps container.
                              • Humira (adalimumab) needs to be refrigerated until you use it, so if you're traveling, you'll need to carry it in a cooler with an ice pack.
                              • You have to get every dose through an IV infusion at your doctor's office.
                              • It's expensive because there's no generic available yet.
                              • Remicade has a higher risk of serious infusion-related side effects during or after it's given since it's injected right into your veins. Your doctor can prescribe medication before your dose that may lower this risk.
                              • Remicade lowers your ability to fight infection and can cause serious life-threatening illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, have an active infection, diabetes, or had tuberculosis (TB) in the past.
                              • Not the best choice if you have heart failure.
                              • Talk to your baby's doctor if you're pregnant or breast-feeding. When women in a study took Remicade (Infliximab), the medicine was found in their breast milk 2 to 3 days after each dose, and in the baby's blood 6 months after they were born.
                              Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
                              BudesonideImuranCromolynMercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
                              • Take Uceris (Budesonide) with meals to avoid upsetting your stomach.
                              • Eating smaller, more frequent meals and drinking plenty of fluids is helpful while taking Uceris (Budesonide).
                              • Be sure to take Uceris (Budesonide) at the same time every day.
                              • Don't eat or drink grapefruit while taking Uceris (Budesonide) since it can interfere with how the medication works.
                              • Can't be used long-term.
                              • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly, but work with your doctor to slowly decrease the amount you take to avoid unwanted side effects.
                              • Let your doctor know about any night sweating, unexplained fevers, or infections that won't get better.
                              • If you're sexually active, you and your partner should use birth control, since Imuran (Azathioprine) can cause birth defects.
                              • If you take Imuran (Azathioprine) for rheumatoid arthritis, your joint damage can’t be reversed, so keep up with your physical therapy and get plenty of rest.
                              • While taking Imuran (Azathioprine), your body is susceptible to infection; so be sure to wash your hands often and keep distance from with people who are sick.
                              • It is typical to have some nausea when you first start taking Imuran (Azathioprine); if it's unbearable, let your doctor know.
                              • Don't sun tan while taking this medication. Always use sunscreen and wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, hat, and sunglasses.
                              • Works best when used one week before exposure to allergens. It takes about 1 to 2 weeks until you feel the full effects.
                              • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray. Don't use more than recommended.
                              • Shake the spray gently and clear your nose before each use.
                              • Before using it for the first time, prime the spray pump until you see a fine mist.
                              • Breathe in slowly as you're spraying. Wait a few minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
                              Coming soon
                              • Don't take Lialda (Mesalamine) if you're allergic to aspirin. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any drug allergies you have before starting Lialda (Mesalamine).
                              • Taking antacids with Lialda (Mesalamine) can make your inflammation worse. Talk to your doctor before you make any changes.
                              • You can sunburn more easily when taking Lialda (Mesalamine). Use sunscreen and protective clothing when you go outdoors.
                              • Don't break, chew, or crush the tablets because they're coated and won't work as well.
                              • The suppositories should be kept in for at least 1 to 3 hours to get the most benefit.
                              • Don't use if you are allergic to sulfa drugs or aspirin.
                              • Swallow tablets whole, and take after a meal with a full glass of water.
                              • Drink at least six glasses of water daily while on this.
                              • Continue to take Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) even once you feel better.
                              • Read the information that come with your medication in the drugstore since there are many conditions you should be aware of before taking Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine).
                              • Can cause an orange color in your urine or skin.
                              • Humira (adalimumab) is a medication that's injected under the skin. Your doctor can give you your first dose, then you can inject yourself at home once you feel comfortable doing so on your own.
                              • Humira (adalimumab) lowers your ability to fight infections, so it's important to let your doctor know if you have a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms.
                              • Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to latex since the syringe needle cover has latex in it.
                              • Each time you use Humira (adalimumab), it's important to rotate the sites you chose to inject it in. Don't inject Humira (adalimumab) into skin that's red, bruised, or irritated.
                              • As with all injection medicines, store securely away from children and throw away used syringes in an FDA-approved sharps disposal container, and not in the trash.
                              • Remicade (Infliximab) is a medication that's given as an infusion at your doctor's office or clinic.
                              • It's very important to read the patient Medication Guide when you first start using Remicade (Infliximab).
                              • It's possible to get an allergic reaction to Remicade (Infliximab) either immediately during the treatment or a several days after stopping it. Your doctor can give you medicines that'll lower this risk.
                              • You'll need to have a TB test before you start taking Remicade (Infliximab) and periodically during treatment.
                              • Remicade (Infliximab) lowers your immune system's ability to fight infections, so it's important to let your doctor know if you notice a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms. Children seem to get more infections than adults, so keep a close eye on them.
                              • If you have a young child, let their doctor know if you were on Remicade (Infliximab) while pregnant or nursing. It can increase their risk of infections for several months after your last dose and can delay their vaccine schedule.
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