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Medicine For Ulcerative Colitis
Messlamines: This is still the most commonly prescribed and safest long-term medication to be used to treat uc. Important to be compliant and remain on them. There are several brands - ask your doctor to see which one is best for you. ...Read more
An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce ...Read more
Lots: Steroids (oral, iv, rectal); sulfasalazine (azulfidine) Mesalamine in various forms (oral, -lialda, asacol, pentasa, apriso, generic; rowasa, (mesalamine) canasa-rectal suppositories or enemas); immunomodulators: 6 mercaptopurine, azathioprine (oral); biologics: infliximab, cyclosporine-iv); antibiotics; probiotics (e.g. Vsl3); surgery. ...Read more
But not very well: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic auto-immune disease. As time passes the chronic inflammation not uncommonly leads to colon cancer. It is manageable, but chronic surveillance and medical management is needed. I would not recommend abandoning current evidence based medical and surgical management. Optimal lifestyle and diet can help, of course. Good luck. ...Read more
The best way to improve colitis is by stopping foods like grains, lentils, potatoes based items. Avoid nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggs) and milk protein.
Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Probonix probiotic, vitD3 10k IU/day. It takes 1-4 mo to see an improvement. The Paleo Solution by R Wolfe is helpful ...Read more
Is there any chance that the E.histolytica that cause ulcerative colitis to return after taking antiamoebic drug? Could the fsat food be a cuse of it?
Let's clarify: Entamoeba histolytica doesn't cause ulcerative colitis but it can mimic it. It can return whenever you're re-exposed or if the Rx didn't kill all the organisms. "Fast food" isn't the cause of ulcerative colitis. You need to find out what you've got -- especially if it's true ulcerative colitis, being a well-educated patient is key to getting a good outcome. ...Read more
Has leftsided ulcerative colitis. Feel discomfort / irritation inside rectum for few hours after waking up. How to get quick relief? Any medicine?
My dad has had ulcerative colitis for past 10 yrs and is on semi solid diet, uses medicine and enemea regularly. Is there a permanent cure for it?
Yes: Most cases of ulcerative colitis can be managed medically. When appropriate medical management fails, or when there are complications of the disease (or the medical treatment), laparoscopic surgical removal of the colon and the rectum with preservation of the anus and creation of a new rectum (ileal pouch-anal anastomosis) is curative and the current gold standard of surgical treatment. ...Read more
Medication prescribed to me for ulcerative colitis was salofalk. Are you familiar with this drug and how long can a patient take it and side effects?
Colitis: I see where you are going but I don't think so. Ask your GI specialist what he thinks. ...Read more
See an optho ASAP:
You need to get your eyes checked out by a ophthalmologist. You may have uveitis, which is seen with uc and crohn's. The doctor will need to do a slit lamp exam. This is urgent though.
The joint pain could be related to uc or not. Ibuprofen can be helpful but best to start with your GI specialist with this one. ...Read more
Extraintestinal: There are many extra intestinal manifestation of ulcerative colitis including the eye and the joints. This can include arthritis and arthralgia. Eye findings can include uveitis. Referral to a rheumatologist and ophthalmologist can be helpful. If the colitis is out of control or poorly controlled, extra intestinal manifestations can occur. ...Read more
Ulcerative Colitis: UC is a autoimmune type disease in which there is an inflammatory response against the patients own cells of the colon. Common symptoms include pain, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and can lead to colon cancer. The disease requires treatment with medication and can also end up needing to be treated with surgery. ...Read more
Medications surgery: The mainstay of treatment is medical, however a small proportion of very sick patients end up needing a colectomy (removal of the colon). Medication regimen inlcudes a Mesalamine product (such as asacol), immunosuppresants (6mp, immuran), biologic agents (remicade, humira). Prednisone is used as little as possible and only to control acute flares. ...Read more
Medications: ? Re how treat Ulcerative Colitis, UC. See a Gastroenterologist who specializes in UC. If symptoms persist despite therapies, ask the doctor if he would approve of the use of Cannabis. Do not use if he disapproves, and see a Cannabis Medicinal Consultant if he does approve. I have treated UC patients who have reported benefit from Cannabis. ...Read more
Ulcerative colitis: Initial treatment of ulcerative colitis involves medications similar to Aspirin which work to reduce the inflammation of the colon. For acute episodes steroids may also be used. For patients who do not respond to medical treatment or develop intestinal obstruction, rupture, uncontrollable bleeding, or severe infection, surgery may be needed. ...Read more
Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis can be relatively easy to diagnose because it normally affects only the colon and rectum and usually causes an obvious change in daily bowel habits, such as frequent stools containing blood or mucus. Your doctor will conduct a medical history and physical exam before doing other tests. ...Read more
Rare: As stated already, it's actually rare to die directly from uc. The main cause of death that can be tied to uc would be cancer. Many decades of inflammation can lead to bowel cancers. Also, medications from uc are associated with a risk of lymphoma. Even if you get cancer, it may not cause death. Some of these cancers are treatable with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. ...Read more
Ongoing research: There is a lot of promising data that looks at whip worms but also other living organisms like bacteria in making a difference in ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The data are still preliminary in my mind and are not ready for prime time, mostly because we do not fully understand the biology behind why they help people. ...Read more
Bloody diarrhea: Symptoms can vary widely. They can include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, weight loss, rectal urgency and generalized malaise. This can be a difficult diagnosis to make. You need a colonoscopy and biopsies to make the diagnosis. If you are having these symptoms please see your physician. ...Read more
Difficult problem: Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are both difficult problems. The surgical procedures, resection, ostomy, anastomosis are added when medical therapy alone is not able to control. Neither disease is curable, both are managed. Diet with avoidance of irritants like gluten, fat, lactose and bile can help. Be well. ...Read more
Probably not: Many holistic therapies have been tried for uc, some with success. It probably wouldn't hurt so give it a try. Give it a week or two, if no improvement, save your money. Usual rx is 5-asa compounds. See a good gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up. ...Read more
Abdominal pain: Multiple lose stools over 8 per day, bloody stools, joint pains, visual problems, skin ulcerations, weakness, loss of appetite, lethargy among many others. However these can also be symptoms of other diseases as well, so see your doctor and be sure to give all your symptoms along with the duration of symptoms. ...Read more