Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

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Medication

There are multiple prescription medication therapies depending on the symptoms and severity of the flare-up.

Anti-inflammatories – used to induce and maintain remission in mild to moderate UC cases by decreasing inflammation in the lining of the colon.

Corticosteroids – effective for inducing remission in moderate to severe UC cases. They are not generally used for long-term maintenance treatment.

Immunomodulators – used to maintain remission in moderate to severe UC, but are slow acting, so they are usually used in combination with other medications.

Antibiotics – used to treat infection in the colon.

Biologics – used to treat moderate to severe UC and are administered by injection or intravenously (IV).

Lifestyle Changes

The best way to help minimize UC flare is to manage your daily health.
Reduce stress – mild exercise, medication and calming practices help reduce disease activity.

Diet and Nutrition – avoid foods that cause flare-ups. Eat smaller, nutritious meals to stay healthy and strong.

Your Granite Peaks gastrointestinal specialist will provide tips on changes you can make to manage your UC and avoid illness.

Surgery

This is obviously the last step if all other treatments have been unsuccessful. There are different options for surgery, depending on gender, age and general health. Having your colon removed is a decision best made between you and your doctor to address your individual healthcare needs.

Our gastroenterologists will work with you to determine the least invasive, most effective treatment for your condition to get you back to your active lifestyle.