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
49
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (47) diarrhea (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (13) diarrhea (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

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

(Salazopyrin)
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 (27 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea headaches 15 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (47) diarrhea (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (12 evaluations)
Side effects
acne breakout dizziness 7 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (11 evaluations)
Side effects
hunger mood swings 22 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (13) diarrhea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (6 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea abdominal bloating 16 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Remicade)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
acne arthritis pain 13 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Canasa)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Entyvio)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (8 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Panafcortelone)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
blood in stool dark colored urine 8 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
decreased effectiveness over time rebound anxiety the following morning
Total evaluations
1
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 34
20s 205
30s 467
40s 572
50s 584
60s 349
70+ 111
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 247
20-29 years 302
30-39 years 257
40-49 years 185
50-59 years 83
60-69 years 18
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 617
Female 1,744

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,397
Not Diagnosed 27

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