Question: Budesonide for crohn's colitis instead of prednisone?

I understand budesonide is used for small intestine crohn's, but is this "MMX" formula an option for crohn's flare up of the colon instead of prednisone? It is supposed to release in whole colon. Is this available?

Also, what about rectal therapy for crohn' s colitis that seems to be limited to left side and rectum. I see it noted in trusted therapies for UC but not on the crohn's page?

Drugs. 2015 May;75(8):879-86. doi: 10.1007/s40265-015-0396-8.
Budesonide MMX(®): a review of its use in patients with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis

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Budesonide is helpful if inflammation is on the right side of the colon. Steroids given as suppositories or enemas could be helpful for inflammation on the left side of the colon.

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Dr. Brian Bressler

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