Ulcerative colitis

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What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that results in chronic inflammation and ulceration in the lining of the large intestine (colon). It often results in symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramps, and loose discharges of pus, blood, and mucus in the stool.

Common symptoms reported by people with ulcerative colitis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people with ulcerative colitis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Pentasa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (65) Diarrhea (3)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Panafcortelone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Remicade)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (15) Diarrhea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Canasa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Entyvio)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (9)

Data from patients with ulcerative colitis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with ulcerative colitis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Pentasa)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Constipation 19 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (65) Diarrhea (3)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Panafcortelone)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Fatigue 9 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Achilles tendonosis Acne breakout 13 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Remicade)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (7 evaluations)
Side effects
acne Arthritis pain 15 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Fast heart rate (tachycardia) Fatigue 21 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty sleeping through night Hunger 23 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (15) Diarrhea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Canasa)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal cramps
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Blood in stool Dark urine 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Entyvio)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Fatigue 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Breathing difficulty Decreased appetite 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (9)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with ulcerative colitis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has ulcerative colitis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 32
20s 208
30s 378
40s 441
50s 413
60s 246
70+ 78
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 207
20-29 years 234
30-39 years 181
40-49 years 124
50-59 years 50
60-69 years 13
70+ years 6

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 939
Not Diagnosed 28

These charts show data from ulcerative colitis patients who have completed their condition history
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