Ulcerative Colitis Treatment and Medications
This section of the site gives a useful description of the key
medications used in the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis. The information
given here is not designed to allow someone to manage their own
medication - but rather to give them an appreciation of the medication
they are taking. This should then enable them to have a more meaningful
conversation with their doctor/consultant.
Asacol/Mesalazine/Colazine (Time to take effect 2-3 weeks from change of dose)
Steroids/Prednisolone (Time to take effect 3-7 days from change of dose)
Azathioprine/immuno-modulators (Time to take effect 1-3 months from change of dose)
Laxatives/ Lactulose/ Docusate
Sodium (Effect within 48 hours)
For those of you in the US the online
pharmacies page lists pharmacies that sell colitis drugs (e.g.
azathioprine and mesalazine). Using these can help you shop around
for the cheapest prices - sometimes a fraction of the manufacturers