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ask: What medications can you take for UC besides sulfasalazine and mesalamine which cause me allergic reaction

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I have UC and have had a very serious reaction to sufasalazine where I ended up in the emergency room. Was put on Asacol broke out from that then Apriso broke out from that. Now on Hydrocort enema for a month. What other options are there.

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badtam21

I think that this is such a life altering disease. I have what thay say is pancilitis for 14 years. the most recent 5 yers had a baby, during a flare. Additionally I am over 40 and my 1 other child was 20! I will have to say that I do not think that the conventional medical commmunity has much to offer. It is my opinion that we should try to improve our auto-immune system rather than suppress it, the only options that conventional medicine is giving to us. Maybe I will be sorry but I do not take chemo type drugs. Just seems like the people that take everything are SO sick, begging for help. Still looking for the answer, but no hosptitalizations other than the initial diagnosis.I do not believe that this is just something with no answer. We can keep looking for the root of the problem. Seems that most of the really sick do what the doctors advise, and are even worse. Try eataing steamed veggies, banana, a bit of potato absolutely no grains or high fructose, That means no soda,gatorade ect with it either! Read a label No bread, unless you like spelt, (icky) fruit maybe a pear or cantelope. No raw until you have been symptom fre for a long time. Meat, just chicken or fish, if you have to. Try it, not a cure, but MAJOR BETTER.

NO high fructose or the hydrogenated fats.

May 21, 2011 - 11:39pm
Alison Beaver

You have many options for UC treatment, and the type of medication prescribed depends on what your symptoms are, as well as what the purpose of treatment is at the time (control symptoms, prevent acute symptoms or "attack", or healing the colon).

The types of medications you have been prescribed are types of "Aminosalicylate Medications" also known as "5-aminosalicylates" include Sulfasalazine and Mesalamine (the medications you unfortunately had an allergic reaction to). These medicines are prescribed to control symptoms and help reduce irritation and inflammation.

There are a few other types of medications categorized as "Aminosalicylate" or "5-aminosalicylates", including:
* Olsalazine
* Balsalazide disodium.
You can talk with your doctor or Pharmacist about these; I am not sure if you would be allergic to these as well.

The Hydrocort enema you are currently taking sounds like it is in another medicine category, called "Steroid Anti-inflammatory Medications" (also known as "corticosteroids"), that also help with inflammation and irritation. There are several different types of medications under this broad category, including:
* Prednisone
* Methylprednisolone
* Budesonide (in enema form---this is your current medication, correct?)

Other treatments for UC fall under these two categories:
"Immune Modifier Medications" also known as "Immunomodulators"
* Azathioprine
* 6-mercaptopurine
* Cyclosporine

"Biological Agents"
* Infliximab (or other biological treatments, if you do not respond to other medications)

EmpowHER also has a Community Group that you may join, and talk with other women who have been diagnosed with UC and have personal experience with different types of treatments. EmpowHER UC Community Group.

You can find more information about treatment options at:
- NIDDK
- Cronh's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)

Sources:
- EmpowHER Colitis Treatments
- Pub Med: UC

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March 1, 2011 - 10:00am
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