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When should I take my meds for ulcerative colitis flares?

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It can be easy to forget to take your medicines when you feel good. Or you might think it’s OK to skip them because you feel fine. But you need to stick with the plan your doctor prescribed to keep up those benefits.

Many people with UC stay on low doses of drugs such as 5-ASAs, which ease inflammation in the colon, or meds such as 6-MP, azathioprine, and methotrexate, which turn down an overactive immune system.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Leyla J. Ghazi, assistant professor of medicine, and gastroenterologist specializing in inflammatory bowel disease, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

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

Roberta Muldoon, assistant professor of surgery, Division of General/Colorectal Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville.

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Leyla J. Ghazi, assistant professor of medicine, and gastroenterologist specializing in inflammatory bowel disease, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

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

Roberta Muldoon, assistant professor of surgery, Division of General/Colorectal Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville.

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

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