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
53
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (51) diarrhea (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (14)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
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)

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 (31 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea headaches 16 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (51) diarrhea (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Humira)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (15 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle fatigue rashes (redness, swelling) 12 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (8 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue nausea 20 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Remicade)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (6 evaluations)
Side effects
acne arthritis pain 14 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Canasa)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Panafcortelone)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain mood swings 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (13)
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)

(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 (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Salazopyrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (6 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain blood in stool 8 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Entyvio)
Perceived effectiveness
for ulcerative colitis (7 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
ulcerative colitis (10)
  • 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 36
20s 201
30s 462
40s 563
50s 578
60s 331
70+ 108
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 244
20-29 years 301
30-39 years 253
40-49 years 184
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 18
70+ years 7

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 610
Female 1,707

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,376
Not Diagnosed 27

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