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    Ulcerative Colitis - Cause

    The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. It may be caused by an abnormal response by the body's immune system to normal intestinal bacteria. Disease-causing bacteria and viruses also may play a role.

    Ulcerative colitis can run in families.

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    What Medicines Treat UC That’s More Than Mild?

    When you have ulcerative colitis (UC), you’ll definitely take medicine to help manage it. There are several kinds your doctor will consider, depending on what you need. Most people with UC take prescription drugs called aminosalicylates (or “5-ASAs”) that tame inflammation in the gut. These include balsalazide, mesalamine, olsalazine, and sulfasalazine. As long as you avoid your trigger foods, these may be enough if your disease is mild to moderate. You may need something else if your condition...

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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