Immunomodulators are often used as a long-term treatment for those with IBD. Talk to your healthcare team about how immunomodulators may work to help control your symptoms, and make sure to communicate with your doctor if you have any questions or if your symptoms change.
Immunomodulators work to calm your immune system over an extended period of time. Since it may take three to six months or longer before their impact is seen, immunomodulators are often started at the same time as faster-acting corticosteroids with the idea that patients will stop taking steroids once immunomodulators take effect.
They also may be used in combination with other medications, such as biologics, and can be injected or taken in pill form depending on the medication.