Fighting ulcerative colitis flares

Medication is key

Unfortunately, living with ulcerative colitis (UC) means that you will experience flares from time to time. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything you can do to reduce the impact flares have on your life.

The best way to manage UC is to seek effective treatment. And taking the medication as directed by your doctor will give you the best possible chance of controlling your symptoms.1

Here are tips to help you stay on track with your treatment2

  • Create a schedule: Taking your medication should be a part of your daily routine. Try to take medications at the same times each day so that it becomes automatic for you.
  • Check your supply: Be sure your prescription is up to date and that you have enough medication on hand.
  • Plan ahead: If you are going to travel, be sure to take a copy of your prescription with you in case you need to refill your medication during the trip.
  • Reminders can help: There are many tools available to help you remember to take your medication. Utilize diaries, smartphone apps, and other tools to remind you when it's time to take your medicine.
  • Chart your progress: Keep track of when you take your medication as well as any symptoms you experience so you can share your progress with your doctor.

Work closely with your doctor

Speak with your doctor to create a treatment plan that's right for you. If you're not satisfied with your current treatment, be sure to ask your doctor about other options.3,4

To get the most out of your meeting, prepare a list of questions or topics that you want to discuss. The following are examples of things you can bring up during your visit:

  • Discuss your symptoms. Ask what might be causing your symptoms and when you can expect them to go away.1
  • Track your diet. In the days leading up to your doctor visit, record what you eat and drink. Make a note of how it affects you. Then bring this food diary with you to help your doctor figure out what may be causing some of your symptoms.5
  • Provide a list of all your medications, vitamins, and supplements. Your doctor will need to know about these before you begin treatment.
  • Make plans to follow up. Ask your doctor how he or she will monitor your progress, and when you should plan to come in for another visit.3
  • Learn to manage stress. Though it's not the cause of flare-ups, it's been shown to make them worse.1 Tell your doctor about any recent life events. Your doctor can recommend strategies that will help you better manage life's daily hassles.

Take notes during your visit. Even when you're engaged in a talk with your doctor, it's difficult to remember everything your doctor said after leaving the office. Bring a pen and paper to your visit and take a moment to write down what your doctor is saying.3

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  • References

  • 1.
    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Living with Ucerative Colitis. http://www.ccfa.org/assets/pdfs/living_with_uc_brochure_final.pdf. Accessed January 7, 2015.
  • 2.
    Consumer Health Information Corporation. 7 Quick Tips To ‘Take Your Medications As Directed.' http://www.consumer-health.com/services/take-medication-as-directed-quick-tips.php. Accessed January 7, 2015.
  • 3.
    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Ensuring Care. http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/newly-diagnosed/everyday-living.html. Accessed January 7, 2015.
  • 4.
    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Treatment Options in IBD. http://www.ccfa.org/resources/treatment-options-in-ibd.html. Accessed January 7, 2015.
  • 5.
    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. http://www.ccfa.org/assets/pdfs/diet-nutrition-2013.pdf. Accessed January 7, 2015.
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    IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

    Who should not take DELZICOL?

    • Do not take DELZICOL if you are allergic to:
      • salicylates, such as aspirin or medications that contain aspirin
      • aminosalicylates
      • any of the ingredients of DELZICOL

    What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking DELZICOL?

    Tell your healthcare provider if you:

    • Have or have had kidney problems
    • Are allergic to sulfasalazine
    • Have or have had heart-related allergic reactions, such as inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or inflammation of the lining of the heart (pericarditis)
    • Have or have had liver problems
    • Have or have had a stomach blockage
    • Have any other medical conditions

    What are the possible side effects of DELZICOL?

    DELZICOL may cause serious side effects, including:

    • Kidney problems: Your doctor may check to see how your kidneys are working before taking DELZICOL. It is important to complete all blood tests ordered by your doctor.
    • A condition that may be hard to tell apart from a UC flare: Symptoms include cramping, stomachache, bloody diarrhea, and sometimes fever, headache, and rash. If you experience any of these symptoms while on treatment, call your doctor right away. He or she may tell you to stop taking DELZICOL.
    • Hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions: If signs and symptoms of hypersensitivity occur, immediately call your doctor.
    • Liver failure: In patients that have or have had liver disease.
    • Blood Disorders: Elderly patients and patients taking azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine need to monitor complete blood cell counts and platelet counts while taking DELZICOL.

    The most common side effects of DELZICOL include:

    • Adults: belching, stomachache, constipation, dizziness, runny nose, back pain, rash, upset stomach, and flu symptoms.
    • Children (5 to 17 years of age): inflammation of the nose and pharynx, headache, stomachache, dizziness, inflammation of the sinuses, rash, cough, diarrhea, tiredness, fever, and increased lipase.

    Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of DELZICOL.

    Before starting DELZICOL, tell your doctor about all medications you are taking, including:

    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Taking these medications with DELZICOL may increase your risk of kidney problems.
    • Azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. Taking these medications with DELZICOL may increase your risk of blood disorders.

    What is DELZICOL?

    DELZICOL (mesalamine) delayed-release capsules is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of mildly to moderately active ulcerative colitis (UC) in patients 5 years of age and older and for the maintenance of remission of UC in adults.

    Please see full Prescribing Information for DELZICOL.

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