Nicotine Patches for Ulcerative Colitis

Details about your Cure & Your reasons for continuing with it:

Nicotine patches: applied every day for 6 weeks, tapering up from 7 to 28mg and then slowly down.

Side effects are minimal and short lived and the benefits are obvious

Effects: more control, bleeding stops and frequency is less!!

Fully supported by medical professionals, no cancer risk as nicotine is not responsible

Before and After (what were your symptoms before, and after using your “Cure/Treatment”?
Before: diarrhoea, bleeding, pain, urgency, frequency

After: all much improved, no bleeding, less urgency, formed poops


What Medications Had you Tried Before and what Medications or Supplements are you taking now?
Infliximab (remicade)
Presnisolone (yay!)
Submitted by: Katherine

2 thoughts on “Nicotine Patches for Ulcerative Colitis”

  1. I have just started using nicotine patches and things have improved somewhat. Doctors forget to tell you about this, but there are properly run trials that demonstrate the effectiveness of nicotine patches for getting UC patients in to remission. It is not effective as a maintenance treatment.

    I have been in a flare for about two months and taking 50 mg prednisone as well as 4 Salofak granules per day and a lot of loperamide. Starting to get some normal days with the nicotine patches.

    Did a trial of Imuran a few years ago but it caused liver inflammation. Hoping to start a trial of methotrexate very soon.

    1. Keep in mind that it may help as an adjunctive treatment. Most of us are on medication ‘cocktails’. I’d rather be on the Patch than taking Imuran (or the TNF biological drugs such as Humira and Remicade), FWIW. Glad to get on Entyvio, myself. My own cocktail is Pentasa (both ends), Imuran (doc says I can quit it when Entyvio gets working optimally), and now the patch.

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