What medications are used to treat microscopic colitis?

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By and large, microscopic colitis can be treated with a medication called budesonide, which is a form of a steroid with fewer systemic side effects than prednisone. That being said, there are other nonprescription treatments for microscopic colitis including Pepto-Bismol. Taking two tablets of Pepto-Bismol four times a day—or anti-diarrheals—is an effective treatment for some people with microscopic colitis. Some of the medicines used for ulcerative colitis—such as the 5-aminosalicylates or mesalamine therapies, which coat the lining of the colon—are relatively safe and are also used in the treatment of microscopic colitis.

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