It's important to learn all you can about treating ulcerative colitis (UC)
A variety of treatments are available for UC. The location and severity of your disease, accompanying complications, and your response to previous treatment will influence your gastroenterologist's choice of therapy. Treatment options can be divided into 2 general categories:
- Conventional therapies, which include anti-inflammatories (5-ASAs and steroids) and immunomodulators (these suppress the immune system)
- Biologic therapy works to block a protein in your body that leads to inflammation. Too much of this protein can lead to the painful symptoms of UC
It's important to find the treatment that's right for you. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor and he or she will determine appropriate treatment options. Currently available treatments for UC include, but are not limited to:
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REMICADE® is not right for everyone.
Control of UC
Some people may experience periods when the disease is inactive (few or no symptoms). These periods are called remissions. They alternate with times when symptoms worsen and persist, called flares. However, symptoms usually recur at various times during a person's lifetime. It's not possible to predict when a remission may occur or when symptoms will return. Because of the unpredictability of UC, you may need medical care for as long as your gastroenterologist decides it is necessary, with regular office visits to monitor your condition.
REMICADE® can lower your ability to fight infections. Serious and sometimes fatal events can occur. There have been reports of serious infections including tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that have spread throughout the body. Lymphoma, including a fatal kind called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, and other cancers have been reported in children and adults taking REMICADE®. Some people with heart failure should not take REMICADE®. Other serious side effects reported include skin cancer, hepatitis B, liver injury, blood problems, allergic reactions, nervous system problems, or lupus-like syndrome. To learn more about these and other risks, please read the Important Safety Information and the Medication Guide , and talk with your doctor.