What is the inpatient treatment for ulcerative colitis (UC)?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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IV methylprednisolone or hydrocortisone at a dosage equivalent to 1-2 mg/kg/day of prednisone is recommended. The goal is to use steroids for a short period and then switch to maintenance therapy as soon as possible. Maintenance therapy may require administration of 5-ASA or an immunomodulator, such as azathioprine or 6-MP.


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