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How are corticosteroids used to treat ulcerative colitis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

While aminosalicylates are usually the first choice, corticosteroid suppositories or enemas are often used for mild or moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) that affects the rectum or lower colon. For people who are not helped by these, or for people with more of the colon involved, oral corticosteroids are usually given. Corticosteroids are not used for maintaining remission in UC.

The use of corticosteroids for children with UC is similar to their use for treating adults with UC. As with adults, corticosteroids are used as briefly as possible and are not used for maintaining remission.

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