Gastrointestinal disorders

Ulcerative colitis

(IBD)

  • Also known as
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

About Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease.

UC can happen at any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30. It tends to run in families. The most common symptoms are pain in the abdomen and blood or pus in diarrhea. Other symptoms may include

  • Anemia
  • Severe tiredness
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Sores on the skin
  • Joint pain
  • Growth failure in children

About half of people with UC have mild symptoms.

Doctors use blood tests, stool tests, colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, and imaging tests to diagnose UC. Several types of drugs can help control it. Some people have long periods of remission, when they are free of symptoms. In severe cases, doctors must remove the colon.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Symptoms of Ulcerative colitis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood or pus in stools
  • Anemia
  • Severe tiredness
  • Sores on the skin
  • Joint pain
  • Growth faillure in children

Top Medications for Ulcerative colitis according to our users

Button Group. All currently active

All Medications for Ulcerative colitis

Anti-inflammatory

  • Asacol
    (Mesalamine)
    Prescription only

    Lialda (Mesalamine) is an effective first-line medicine for inflammatory bowel disease. There isn't a generic version and you'll have to take it multiple times a day.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Enema
    • Suppository

Corticosteroid

  • Budesonide
    Prescription only

    Uceris (Budesonide) helps treat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, but you can’t take it for long because of its serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Immunosuppressant > Immunomodulator

    • Humira
      (Adalimumab)
      Prescription only

      Humira (Adalimumab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Remicade
      (Infliximab)
      Prescription only

      Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Sulfasalazine
      Prescription only

      Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is used for moderate to severe inflammatory bowel conditions, and with other meds for treating rheumatoid arthritis.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
  • Antirheumatic > Biological response modifier

    • Humira
      (Adalimumab)
      Prescription only

      Humira (Adalimumab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Remicade
      (Infliximab)
      Prescription only

      Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Sulfasalazine
      Prescription only

      Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is used for moderate to severe inflammatory bowel conditions, and with other meds for treating rheumatoid arthritis.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
  • Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant > Corticosteroid

    • Medrol
      (Methylprednisolone)
      Prescription only

      Medrol (Methylprednisolone) is corticosteroid available in many forms (oral, injectable) that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill

Medication side effects for Ulcerative colitis

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for abdominal pain.

  • Budesonide: 6%
  • Humira: 18%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have abdominal pain

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Ulcerative colitis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Prescription drugs are not the answer, you must first remove all non-organic foods from your diet and then control the inflammation through probiotics/curcumin/boswellin
  • Sulfazalasine
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Eat six small meals a day.
  • Take psyllium daily
  • Probiotics (the best you can buy at the health food store!)
  • organic only & probiotics put it in final rimission
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • smoking