What are biologic medicines?

Biologics are the most effective type of medicines used to treat IBD. More than half of patients have improvement in their symptoms after starting these medicines. Currently, the following six biologics are commonly used: Cimzia®, Entyvio®, Humira®, Remicade®, Simponi®, and Stelara®.

These medicines are antibodies that work by blocking certain immune system signals or immune cells in the body from causing inflammation in the intestinal tract. Research has found that using biologics can heal the intestinal tract. This lowers the chances of being hospitalized and for surgery.