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Suggest remedy for ulcerative colitis

Hi, my daughter is suffering (badly) from ulcerated colitis and no treatment seems to help. I don t know what to do to get her well. Any suggestions please? I would very much appreciate any advice on new developments in treating this debilitating condition. Thanks, Peter
Thu, 3 Nov 2016
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Dear Peter,
Alot has happened in the field of ulcerative colitis, and there are many different drugs available to help control the condition, let's start with the basic medicines available:

1.sulfasalazine and related derivates: these drugs are used to treat patients with mild to moderate disease, they are available in oral forms and as suppositories and enemas

2. steroids: help in controlling an acute flare, and once settled, the patient is usually taken off them

3. thiopurine derivates: if a patient doesn't respond to steroids or needs more than two steroid based regimens , these drugs are used. They help control the disease and mantain the state of remission.

4. methotrexate: used in cases not controlled by the thiopurine derivates

5. adalimumab, certolizumab, vedoluzimab: these drugs are used to control severe disease that doesn't respond to any of the above mentioned drugs.

And if all fails, the option left behind is surgical treatment. This entails removal of the large intestine as a whole, with an initial opening on the stomach wall. Later on, this may be rejoined with a special pouch thereby allowing he passage of stool through the anus.

I hope this description helps you. Do talk to your GI about all the options. Sometimes the colitis is slow to respond, maybe take a few weeks, so don't push your GI specialist to starting something new without waiting for an ample time, allowing the drugs effects to kick in. All the best!!
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Suggest remedy for ulcerative colitis

Dear Peter, Alot has happened in the field of ulcerative colitis, and there are many different drugs available to help control the condition, let s start with the basic medicines available: 1.sulfasalazine and related derivates: these drugs are used to treat patients with mild to moderate disease, they are available in oral forms and as suppositories and enemas 2. steroids: help in controlling an acute flare, and once settled, the patient is usually taken off them 3. thiopurine derivates: if a patient doesn t respond to steroids or needs more than two steroid based regimens , these drugs are used. They help control the disease and mantain the state of remission. 4. methotrexate: used in cases not controlled by the thiopurine derivates 5. adalimumab, certolizumab, vedoluzimab: these drugs are used to control severe disease that doesn t respond to any of the above mentioned drugs. And if all fails, the option left behind is surgical treatment. This entails removal of the large intestine as a whole, with an initial opening on the stomach wall. Later on, this may be rejoined with a special pouch thereby allowing he passage of stool through the anus. I hope this description helps you. Do talk to your GI about all the options. Sometimes the colitis is slow to respond, maybe take a few weeks, so don t push your GI specialist to starting something new without waiting for an ample time, allowing the drugs effects to kick in. All the best!!