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Take Control of Your Ulcerative Colitis

8 Tips for Coping With Ulcerative Colitis

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Try anti-diarrheal medication

You shouldn't take over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication on a regular basis because it can lead to a serious complication known as toxic megacolon. But it can be your best friend on occasions where it's important you be able to go an hour or two without using the bathroom.

"If you're having a flare-up and you need to be symptom-free for an afternoon or evening, Imodium works really well—at least for me," says Julie Novack, 44, of Charlotte, N.C. "It won't fix you totally, but it will fix you for a few hours."

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