A relatively new induction and maintenance therapy has been evaluated and approved to treat certain levels of severity of ulcerative colitis.
As this medication is relatively new to the market in some countries, along with the United States, in Europe Zeposia as it is often called was authorized via the European Medicines Agency in May of 2020.
There was a study published with a great graphic display listed below to give some more information about this medication. Perhaps you will find this useful.
The graphic above was part of a study which involved several hundred UC’ers. There were also some familiar names as far as gastroenterologists (people who helped with the study). One in particular has been mentioned many times on the iHaveUC website, Dr. Stephen B Hanauer. He has about 21 comments as of this posting date on that “GI Doctor Review page if you want to learn more about him, his personality, and patient thoughts. He was and still is a very influential GI doctor in the world of IBD, and feel free to make your own opinions on his thinking.
Something that might seem interesting to UC’ers is that this medication is also approved in some parts of the world to also treat a different disease, “Multiple Sclerosis). The EMA (European Medicines Agency) website states this about MS: “Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system (the body’s defences) attacks and damages the protective insulation around the nerves and the nerves themselves in the brain and spinal cord.”
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Just home from a colonoscopy, where my doctor said my inflammation had improved 90% after 8 months on Zeposia. I have none or very infrequent mild symptoms now. I haven’t had any side effects. (And just at the eye doctor where they checked for macular edema). And since it’s a 1/day pill rather than infusion, I have to say I’m completely thrilled. Stopped wearing any protective underwear which has save me money. Full disclosure- I’ve made other changes too like daily supershake including bovine colostrum and more vigilance about getting proper sleep. Other than the Zeposia, I think getting proper sleep has been the most important because it’s only when I’m sleep deprived and stressed that any symptoms return.
I find this very intersting becasue I have UC and my niece has just been diagnosed with MS this drug is said to be used for both It is important to know the side effects that was not stated in theinformation
I started site shortly after being diagnosed in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (when my whole colon was inflamed).
For me, it was a very rough start with severe symptoms. Getting bounced from medication to medication was not easy or too helpful. But, I did meet another UC’er, changes several parts of my diet, and of course the rest is history.
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