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These medications are comparable to Uceris (Budesonide) or used for similar purposes.

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 your immune system. Humira (Adalimumab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.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)
59%
+59% vs. Uceris (Budesonide)
49%
+49% vs. Uceris (Budesonide)
26%
26% vs. Uceris (Budesonide)
Reviews for Remicade (Infliximab)
77%
+77% vs. Uceris (Budesonide)
65%
+65% vs. Uceris (Budesonide)
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13% vs. Uceris (Budesonide)
Side effects
BudesonideImurancromolynmercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
  • Moon face 7%
  • Mood changes 4%
  • Bruising easily 4%
  • Respiratory infection 4%
  • Headache 3%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Upper abdominal pain 2%
  • Indigestion 2%
  • Acne 2%
More Budesonide side effects »

The Imuran FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about 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 »
  • Pain 6%
  • Indigestion 5%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Abdominal pain 4%
  • Vomiting 3%
  • Rash 3%
  • Stiff or rigid muscles 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Joint pain 2%
  • Back pain 2%
More Asacol side effects »

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

FDA side effect reports for Sulfasalazine »
  • Injection site reactions 6%
  • Rash 6%
  • Positive titers 5%
  • Upper respiratory infection 4%
  • Headache 4%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Urinary tract infection 3%
  • High blood pressure 2%
  • Alkaline phosphatase increased 2%
  • High blood lipid levels 2%
More Humira side effects »
  • Infusion reaction 13%
  • Infections 11%
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 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.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
CorticosteroidPrescription only
Immunosuppressant
Immunomodulator
Antirheumatic
Biological response modifier
Anti-rejection
Kidney transplant anti-rejection
Anticancer
Purine antimetabolite
Prescription only
Mast cell stabilizerPrescription or OTC
Coming soon.
Anti-inflammatoryPrescription only
Immunosuppressant
Immunomodulator
Antirheumatic
Biological response modifier
Prescription only
Immunosuppressant
Immunomodulator
Antirheumatic
Biological response modifier
Prescription only
Immunosuppressant
Immunomodulator
Antirheumatic
Biological response modifier
Prescription only
Available as
BudesonideImurancromolynmercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Enema
  • Suppository
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Injection
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
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 »
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      Pregnancy category
      BudesonideImurancromolynmercaptopurineAsacolSulfasalazineHumiraRemicade
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

      See the FDA package insert
      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

      See the FDA package insert
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

      See the FDA package insert
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      • You can’t drink alcohol while taking Uceris (Budesonide).
      • Drinking alcohol is okay while taking Imuran (Azathioprine).
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      • 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).
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      • Swallow tablets whole, and take after a meal with a full glass of water.
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      • Not a good option if you have kidney disease.
      • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) isn't a good option if you have kidney or liver disease.
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.
      • If you're sexually active, you and your partner should use birth control, since Imuran (Azathioprine) can cause birth defects.
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
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      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.
      • Most people feel it's worth the hassle.
      • Once you've learned the correct way to use Humira, you can inject the medicine yourself without going to your doctor's office.
      • It's available in a single-use pen (Humira Pen) that may be more convenient and easier for some people to use.
      • It's an alternative for people with Crohn's disease who stopped getting better on other TNF-blockers or had side effects that made them switch.
      • 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.
      • Treats certain types of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions caused by an overactive immune system.
      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.
      • It's an injection.
      • Humira 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.
      • You're first dose of Humira will need to be given at your doctor's office. If you decide not to self-inject and don't have someone to do it for you, you'll need to continue to see your doctor for each dose.
      • You'll need to properly dispose of the needle, syringes, or Pen in a special (FDA-approved) sharps container.
      • Because it needs to be refrigerated until you use it, if you're traveling, you'll need to carry it in a cooler with an ice pack.
      • It's expensive because there's no generic available yet.
      • You have to get every dose through an IV infusion at your doctor's office.
      • 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.
      • It's expensive because there's no generic available yet.
      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 (subcutaneous). Your doctor can give you your first dose, then let you self-inject it once so you learn how to do it correctly.
      • Humira (Adalimumab) lowers the your immune system's ability to fight infections, so it's important to let your doctor know if you come down with a fever, cough, or notice flu-like symptoms.
      • You'll need to have a TB test before you start using Humira (Adalimumab).
      • Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to latex since the syringe needle cover has latex in it.
      • Don't inject Humira (Adalimumab) into skin that's red, bruised, or irritated. Rotate your injection areas to avoid skin reactions.
      • As with all injection medicines, store away from children and throw used syringes away in a protective 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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