Question by KiKi0867: Is there a natural remedy/cure for lymphocytic colitis (a rare form of colitis)?
I have a rare form of colitis, called lymphocytic colitis. The doctors say it is in remission, but I still always feel ill, as if I am not in remission. I have tried all the medications there are. Does anyone know of a natural cure/remedy for this? Or even just for normal colitis?
Answer by bear naked
What is the treatment for microscopic colitis?
The treatment of microscopic colitis has not been standardized because there have not been adequate large scale, prospective, placebo controlled treatment trials. The following strategies are safe and may relieve diarrhea in some patients:
Trial of lactose elimination (just to eliminate the possibility that intolerance to lactose in milk is aggravating the diarrhea)
Anti-diarrhea agents such as Imodium or Lomotil
Bismuth subsalicylate such as Pepto-Bismol
5-ASA (mesalamine) compounds such as Asacol, Pentasa, or Colazal
Two recent, controlled trials showed that budesonide (Entocort, a poorly absorbed steroid) is effective in controlling diarrhea in more than 75% of the patients with collagenous colitis, but the diarrhea tends to recur soon after stopping Entocort.
Though data is lacking, some doctors may consider using medications that potently suppress the immune system such as azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine among patients with severe microscopic colitis that is unresponsive to other treatments.
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