Melatonin: A Possible Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that is produced by the pineal gland. It has been well known for its role in the sleep cycle but has more recently been shown to function as an antioxidant and as a player in proper immune system ...
Jennifer Rackley

Q&A: Is Coumadin Safe for Colitis?

My ulcerative colitis has been stable on Asacol. I recently was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and my cardiologist put me on Coumadin. Is that safe with my colitis? Coumadin is a blood thinner that decreases the risk of stroke in patients with at...
Todd Eisner

Q&A: Asacol for Ulcerative Colitis Not Being Digested

I take Asacol for my Ulcerative Colitis, and at times notice the pill come out in my stool undigested. Is this normal? Passing Asacol tablets in the stool is not an uncommon occurrence. Sometimes just the shell of the pill comes out undissolved, but ...
Todd Eisner

Abdominal Bloating After Ulcerative Colitis Remission

I am a 52 year old female with ulcerative colitis and have been in remission for a few years. Of late, I have been experiencing abdominal bloating, weight gain and some difficulty moving my bowels. I had a colonoscopy a few months ago and everything ...
Todd Eisner

Ulcerative Colitis: A mother's perspective

Lou Ann has become a dear friend and her daughter Monica went to school with my husband. Monica had been dealing with ulcerative colitis for a very long time until a recent surgery resolved her symptoms. This is a portion of a conversation I had with ...
Jennifer Rackley

Miscellaneous Ulcerative Colitis & 5-ASA Information

Ten years ago when I was finally diagnosed with UC I was given Asacol, a 5-ASA drug, to get the inflammation in my colon under control. Today, even though my symptoms are under control I still continue to take a low maintenance dose. And, my Dad who ...
Elizabeth Roberts

Ask the Expert: Ulcerative Colitis and RA

Dear Dr. Borigini: Is joint pain a symptom commonly associated with ulcerative colitis? I’ve heard that rheumatoid arthritis and UC are related, but I have never really talked with my doctor about it. Recently I have had random joint pain, and I’m wo...
Mark Borigini, M.D.

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