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What are other things that my doctor should know about my ulcerative colitis (UC)?

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When you keep your doctor informed, you’re more likely to enjoy longer periods without UC flare-ups.

Usually, you need to take meds that fight inflammation in your digestive tract, turn down your immune systems, or both. Your doctor may need to change your medication doses if flares return. Tell your doctor about everything you take, including over-the-counter medicines, in case they are triggers.

A problem like an infection could spell trouble, too. Let your doctor know about anything that’s going on with your health, even if it doesn’t seem to be related to your UC.

SOURCES:

Thomas Cataldo, MD, visiting assistant professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; staff surgeon, colon and rectal surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

CDC: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Leyla J. Ghazi, assistant professor of medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Uptodate.com: "Ulcerative Colitis in Adults, the Basics."

National Institutes of Health: “Ulcerative Colitis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Thomas Cataldo, MD, visiting assistant professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; staff surgeon, colon and rectal surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

CDC: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Leyla J. Ghazi, assistant professor of medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Uptodate.com: "Ulcerative Colitis in Adults, the Basics."

National Institutes of Health: “Ulcerative Colitis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

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