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How can corticosteroids help treat ulcerative colitis (UC)?

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Corticosteroids, also called steroids, turn down your immune system to fight inflammation. You can take them as pills, through an IV, or with an enema or suppositories to treat your ulcerative colitis. They aren’t the kind of steroids some people misuse to gain muscle, so you won’t bulk up.

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Aminosalicylates,” “Corticosteroids,” “Immunomodulators.”

FDA: “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Ulcerative Colitis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Aminosalicylates,” “Corticosteroids,” “Immunomodulators.”

FDA: “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Ulcerative Colitis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

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