Information for those with Ulcerative Colitis

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)


Online Pharmacies

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 branded drugs.


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