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

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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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
66
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (64) diarrhea (3)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Panafcortelone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (20)
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)

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

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (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 (38 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea headaches 19 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (64) diarrhea (3)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (15 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle fatigue rashes (redness, swelling) 13 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Panafcortelone)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (7 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia mood swings 6 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (20)
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
fatigue nausea 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 (3 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps
Total evaluations
3
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)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty decreased appetite 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased effectiveness over time rebound anxiety the following morning
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (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 211
30s 416
40s 513
50s 496
60s 288
70+ 94
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 229
20-29 years 278
30-39 years 228
40-49 years 156
50-59 years 68
60-69 years 15
70+ years 7

Sex

Distribution of sex

73% Female
27% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,098
Not Diagnosed 42

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