Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

There many options for treating Ulcerative Colitis.  They include: medication, surgeries, natural medicines, and treatment.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment

Treatment for IBD has a wide variety of selections to fit your lifestyle.  After all, the goal is to put the disease into remission.  While there isn’t a known way to cure ulcerative colitis you can relieve symptoms.

Medication for Ulcerative Colitis

Prescription medication for Ulcerative Colitis is the first tool your gastroenterologist will offer you.  There are various types of medications for Ulcerative Colitis.  The goal of medication is to reduce the inflammation and swelling.

Infections are a common complication of ulcerative colitis.  Antibiotics are taken alone or with other medications many times.
Steroids (corticosteroids) are prescribed as Inflammatory Bowel Disease treatment for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.  Prednisone is the most commonly administered steroid for inflammation.  Some patients find relief, while others prefer to stay away because of the long term side effects.  “Moon face” is the most common side effect of Prednisone.  The face takes on a very round and plump face.  Other side effects of steroids include: weight gain, infection, headache, restlessness, and vision problems.  Vision problems include cataracts, glaucoma, and blurred vision.  In most cases, nausea, vomiting, and weight gain with fatigue and dizziness are the most popular side effects.
Immunomodulators, are immune modifiers that suppress the body’s natural reactions.  These can be administered orally or through the rectum.  They suppress the immune system preventing it from triggering inflammatory responses.  The problem with immune modifiers is the list of side effects.  These include fatigue, bone pain, appetite loss, chills, headache and more.
Aminosalicylates are also one of the first treatment options for ulcerative colitis.  These anti-inflammatories include sulfasalazine and oral formulations of mesalamine.  They are often referred as 5 ASA.  Oral aminosalicylates are used to treat mild to moderate extensive disease (pancolitis).   When inserted through enema or suppository the disease must exist in the lower intestine.
Biologics, anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents are newest class of drugs used for people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.  They are administered via infusion or injection.   Humira, Remicade, Cimzia, Simponi, and Inflectra are biologics used when others methods fail.  The CCFA states the side effects of biologics include increased risk of cancer, infection, arthritis, liver disease, and heart failure.

Over The Counter Ulcerative Colitis Medication

Taking OTC medications for ulcerative colitis is a quick fix for most people.  Usually, pain relievers, laxatives or antidiarrheals are the most purchased items for self medicating and treating.  However, OTC medicine is not a treatment option and should not be used for long term colitis management.

Surgery for ulcerative colitis

Surgery is one of the options for treating ulcerative colitis.  However, it is rarely the first option.  Some people will need surgery because they felt too many sides effects from the medication.  Other times, the medication or treatment may not be helping.  About 1/3 of the people with colitis will need surgery at some point during their life.  The surgery repairs or removes part of the damaged intestine.

Natural Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

Natural treatment for ulcerative colitis is an alternative among patients.  There are a few options to naturally heal ulcerative colitis.  These alternative treatments for colitis can be very strict.  The most important tool is being committed to your health and self care.  With the Ulcerative Colitis Diet you can see symptoms subside within days. People have been able to cure ulcerative colitis in as little as 6-8 weeks.  The following are part of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment Guide.

  • Probiotics
  • Fermented Foods
  • Animal Based Fats
  • Fiber
  • Sealing a Leaky Gut

Ulcerative Colitis Treatment Plan

Most likely, you follow an ulcerative colitis treatment plan.  We offer one to all of our visitors.  In addition, you can give this as a gift to somebody with ulcerative colitis.

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