What if it’s ulcerative colitis?

Look here for answers to your ulcerative colitis questions

If you or someone you love has ulcerative colitis, it's important to begin learning about this disease. By developing a deeper understanding of the symptoms of UC, you can learn what to look for and how to communicate the symptoms to your doctor.

What is ulcerative colitis?

The gastrointestinal tract is responsible for digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and expelling waste.1 Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic disease that affects a portion of the gastrointestinal tract known as the large intestine (also called the colon).2 If you have UC, you're not alone—it's estimated that 700,000 people in the US are living with UC.2

In UC, the body's immune system can mistakenly target usually harmless substances in the large intestine, such as food and bacteria. This causes the release of various white blood cells into the large intestine, leading to chronic inflammation of the intestine's lining (mucosa).2-4

Over time, inflammation can damage the intestinal lining and ulcers begin to form. It's this combination of ulcers and inflammation that leads to the symptoms associated with UC, including bloody stool and frequent bowel movements.2

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  • References

  • 1.
    National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Ulcerative Colitis. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/colitis/index.aspx. Accessed January 7, 2015.
  • 2.
    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. What is Ulcerative Colitis. http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-ulcerative-colitis. Accessed January 7, 2015.
  • 3.
    Genetics Home Reference. Ulcerative colitis. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/ulcerative-colitis. Accessed January 7, 2015.
  • 4.
    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis: A Guide for Parents. http://www.ccfa.org/assets/pdfs/parents_guide_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.

    To report a side effect from one of our products, please call the Allergan Drug Safety Department at 1-800-678-1605.

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