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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
Ulcerative colitis (ul-sur-uh-tiv koe-lie-tis) is 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 the signs ...Read more
Lots: Steroids (oral, iv, rectal); sulfasalazine (azulfidine) Mesalamine in various forms (oral, -lialda, asacol, pentasa, apriso, generic; rowasa, canasa-rectal suppositories or enemas); immunomodulators: 6 mercaptopurine, azathioprine (oral); biologics: infliximab, cyclosporine-iv); antibiotics; probiotics (e.g. Vsl3); surgery. ...Read more
See your doctor: Ulcerative colitis is a serious disease that is treated with many different medicines depending on how severe it is. Mesalamine is one such drug , but there are many including steroids and biologicals as well. This is best decided by your gastroenterologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on history: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the colon. Treatment often includes 5-aminosalicylates, steroids, azathioprine, and other immunosuppressants, escalating to biologic agents targeting tnf. In refractory cases, colectomy may be necessary. Speed of response is somewhat individualized depending on severity of disease and response. See your gastroenterologist for specifics. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Has leftsided ulcerative colitis. Feel discomfort / irritation inside rectum for few hours after waking up. How to get quick relief? Any medicine?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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