Talking about ulcerative colitis

When you are first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), the first impulse may be to keep it a secret. You may feel that the symptoms are embarrassing, or that people will judge you.1

The thing is, the longer you live with UC, the harder it is to hide. Eventually, people will notice if you are going to the bathroom a lot, or if you are canceling plans because of your symptoms.1

Plus, hiding your condition only adds to the stress you are already feeling because of your symptoms, as well as depriving you of the support of others.1

That’s why you should let friends and family know about your UC as soon as you feel comfortable.1 Here are some things you can do to make sharing with others easier:

  • Speak with your healthcare providers: They can give you advice on the best way to describe your symptoms to others
  • Reach out to others: There are many UC support groups where you can speak with others who are experiencing the same things as you
  • Develop a support network of family and friends: They can be there with you through the bad times as well as the good

Download a guide to learn how to talk to your friends and family about UC.

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  • Reference

  • 1.
    Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms. http://www.ccfa.org/assets/pdfs/flares_brochure_final.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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