Taking charge of your health includes understanding the value of your health care team when managing ulcerative colitis (UC). And since you are one of the most important members of your own team, you should be sure to ask questions and share any concerns you may have about your treatment plan.
Communication is key to any good relationship. Here are some tips to help you talk to and work with your health care team:
- Record how your body responds to your medication(s) and anything that may make your UC worse.
- Let your doctor know if you have any allergies or are experiencing any side effects.
- Additionally, record any questions you may have before your visits. Consider using this UC Symptom Tracker (PDF) to help.
- Tell your doctor(s) or nurse(s) what other medication(s) you are taking.
- Try your best to follow your doctor's advice — this may include things like taking medication as prescribed and establishing a routine.
- If you are thinking about stopping your medication, discuss it with your doctor first.
To help you get the most out of your next visit, start with these questions to ask your doctor:
If you are newly diagnosed with active, mild to moderate UC...
- What is UC?
- What are my treatment options for UC?
- Is Lialda right for me?
If you've been recently prescribed Lialda (mesalamine)...
- How can Lialda help manage UC?
- How often do I need to take Lialda?
- What are the side effects of Lialda?
Find tips to help you follow your treatment plan