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How do medications treat fulminant colitis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Fulminant colitis is a severe form of ulcerative colitis. It requires aggressive treatment, which includes a variety of medications. Antidiarrheal drugs treat or prevent diarrhea. It should be noted that toxic megacolon is a possible complication of fulminant colitis. If that condition occurs, antidiarrheal medications are stopped. Anti-inflammatory drugs are used to modulate inflammation of the digestive tract. Since an overactive immune system is thought to be a possible cause for ulcerative colitis, immunomodulating drugs are used to alter the immune system to maintain remission for those with ulcerative colitis. Antibiotics may be prescribed to fight infection. Iron supplements may be used to combat anemia. Pain medications also are prescribed to relieve pain.

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