Staying positive with ulcerative colitis

  • Steps to make living with UC easier
  • There's no way to deny it—living with ulcerative colitis (UC) can be difficult. Even with treatment, you will still experience flares from time to time, and it can be very discouraging.1

    That's why it's important to take steps to keep a positive attitude.1 There are a number of things you can do right now to make living with UC easier, and to better handle things when the symptoms are at their worst.

    • Respect your feelings: It's OK to feel dispirited from time to time. Be sure to accept that you may feel down every so often, while acknowledging that things can get better1
    • Give yourself a break: Don't blame yourself if you have a flare. Whether it's because you think you ate the wrong thing or forgot to take your medication, sometimes flares will happen for no reason2
    • Stay who you are: Some people feel that they need to stop doing activities they love due to the possibility of a flare, and withdraw from friends and family.2 But with the right management tools, you can feel more confident that UC doesn't have to dominate your life1
    • Celebrate your accomplishments: Sometimes, the smallest victories are the most important ones. Take time to recognize the everyday victories you achieve while living with UC, whether it's going a full day without a flare, sticking to your diet, or getting a chance to see friends2
    • Acknowledge your strength: Living with UC isn't easy. Appreciate the inner strength that you possess and that allows you to manage your condition from day to day
  • Stress and ulcerative colitis
  • Everyone feels stress from time to time, but managing life’s expectations can be that much more stressful for people with ulcerative colitis (UC). The symptoms can be unpredictable, making everyday life more difficult to navigate.3

    While there is no evidence that stress can cause a UC flare, reducing stress is still important for overall health and mental well-being.4 Here are some things you can do to combat stress and make sure UC symptoms don’t overwhelm your life:

    • Make time for yourself: Be sure to put yourself at the top of your to-do list. Whether it’s setting aside time for a hobby, to read a good book, watch TV, or just relax, be sure to give yourself a break
    • Learn new ways to de-stress: Practice meditation or deep breathing exercises to help alleviate the effects of daily stress5
    • Stay active: Physical activity such as light exercise or yoga have been shown to reduce stress and contribute to overall health6
    • Get organized: Utilize free organizational tools available online to better manage your day and get things done
    • Ask for help: Reach out to friends, family, and your healthcare providers if your symptoms seem overwhelming
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  • Reference

  • 1.
    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: Emotional Factors. Accessed January 7, 2015
  • 2.
    Data on file. Rockaway, NJ: Warner Chilcott (US), LLC.
  • 3.
    Ghosh S, Mitchell R. Impact of inflammatory bowel disease on quality of life: results of the European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA) patient survey. J Crohns Colitis. 2007;1:10-20.
  • 4.
    Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Living with ulcerative colitis. Accessed February 4, 2015.
  • 5.
    Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms. Accessed February 4, 2015.
  • 6.
    Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Health Tips. Accessed February 4, 2015.
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    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)
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    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.

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