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Uceris for treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

Uceris for treatment Ulcerative Colitis

Is Uceris a good choice?

Uceris fro ulcerative colitisSeveral clients have mentioned that they have been using Uceris for treatment of  Ulcerative Colitis. Its thought to be a different kind of treatment for UC as it specifically targets the colon and helps eliminate the symptoms of colitis. Because of the way Uceris is absorbed and processed in the body, most of it does not actually enter the bloodstream.

Uceris is said to heal the lining of the colon, decreasing the severity of inflammation in the colon, and so helps to eliminate symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Its taken once daily in the morning with or without food for up to 8 weeks. They say it has a safety profile similar to placebo. But do read on and tell me what you think.

The most common side effects while taking Uceris for treatment of Ulcerative colitis are headaches, nausea, decreased blood cortisol levels, stomach-area pain, tiredness, stomach or intestinal gas, bloating, acne, urinary tract infection, joint pain, and constipation.

As a corticosteroid medicine you can only get Uceris by prescription. The fine print says that it can’t be used if you’re allergic to budesonide or any of the ingredients in Uceris. You also have to notify your physician if you have liver problems, are planning to have surgery, have chickenpox or measles or have recently been near someone with chickenpox or measles, have or had a family history of diabetes, cataracts or glaucoma, have high blood pressure i.e.hypertension, decreased bone mineral density (osteoporosis), stomach ulcers, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or breastfeed or plan to breastfeed.

You also need to inform your physician about all the medications you’re taking, which includes prescription, over-the-counter vitamins and herbal supplements because Uceris and other medicines may affect each other causing further side effects.

Remember, too, that while you’re taking Uceris fro Ulcerative Colitis you can’t eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice because these can increase the level of Uceris in your blood. Long-time use of Uceris can also cause having too much glucocorticosteroid medicine in your blood or hypercorticism, so its important to tell your doctor if you have any of the following signs and symptoms of hypercorticism:

  • acne,
  • bruise easily,
  • rounding of your face (moon face),
  • ankle swelling,
  • thicker or more hair on your body and face,
  • a fatty pad or hump between your shoulders (buffalo hump), or
  • pink or purple stretch marks on the skin of your abdomen, thighs, breasts, and arms.

Unfortunately, when you take Uceris for a long period of time, your adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones, so tell your physician if you are under stress or have any symptoms of adrenal suppression which includes tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, and low blood pressure.

Uceris is known to weaken your immune system. When you take medicines that weaken your immune system it makes you more likely to get infections. This means that you need to avoid contact with people who have contagious diseases like chickenpox or measles when you’re using Uceris. Your physician needs to be told about any signs or symptoms of infection, including fever, pain, aches, chills, feeling tired, or nausea and vomiting.

Switching to Uceris may cause your allergies to come back. Again, if you take certain other corticosteroid medicines to treat allergies like eczema or rhinitis, your doctor needs to know of your allergies becoming worse when you’re on Uceris.

What’s a safe alternative?
Can you treat Ulcerative colitis naturally?
Did you know that the probiotics VSL#3 has been shown to put patients with ulcerative Colitis into remission when they take loading doses? Yes, you build up to the number of sachets per day that will control your symptoms. Probiotics are absolutely safe, with no side effects and they achieve long term recovery. Here’s the study  – so why not try VSL#3 today?

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Dr. Pamela Nathan DHM November 24, 2013