Simplefill helps people afford the medications they depend on to manage chronic conditions such as ulcerative colitis. Learn more ulcerative colitis financial assistance, and enroll with Simplefill today.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is one of several conditions that fall under the umbrella term, “inflammatory bowel disease,” or IBD. Inflammation of the inner lining of the large intestine causes ulcers, which are open sores that develop in certain areas or throughout the colon. The specific type of ulcerative colitis is determined by the pattern of ulceration. It is a relapsing-remitting disease that flares up with intensified symptoms from time to time.
The precise cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown and there is no cure, though spontaneous remissions can occur and last for long stretches of time. While ulcerative colitis itself is not life-threatening, some of the possible complications of the disease are.
Fortunately, some drug therapies help treat ulcerative colitis. The main classes of medications for ulcerative colitis are anti-inflammatories, immunosuppressants, and biologics.
How Do Different Types of Ulcerative Colitis Medications Work?
The first type of medication used to treat people newly diagnosed with ulcerative colitis typically is an anti-inflammatory drug—either a 5-aminosalicylate such as Azulfidine or a short course of a corticosteroid such as prednisone.
Immunosuppressants reduce inflammation by suppressing the immune response. Among the Immunosuppressants prescribed for the treatment of ulcerative colitis are Azasan, Gengraf, and Xeljanz.
Biologics such as Humira and Simponi inhibit tumor necrosis factors by neutralizing a protein produced by the immune system. Entyvio, another biologic, prevents inflammatory cells from reaching the inflamed part of the colon.
Some of these medications are quite costly, especially biologics, which are administered by infusion. Stress is known to exacerbate ulcerative colitis, so worrying about being able to afford needed medications is something to be avoided. However, that is easier said than done if you need ulcerative colitis financial assistance.
Simplefill knows that such assistance is available, but that’s not as widely publicized as it should be. We have made it our mission to raise awareness of ulcerative colitis financial assistance and connect UC patients with the programs and organizations that can provide it.
Get Started Today
Apply online to become a Simplefill member or call us at 1(877)386-0206. Within 24 hours, one of our patient advocates will call you with some qualifying questions to determine your specific ulcerative colitis financial assistance needs. We’ll use your responses to establish your Simplefill member profile and identify the most suitable ulcerative colitis assistance programs for you.
We relieve our members of the paperwork burden for an immediate reduction in their stress levels. We’ll prepare applications and submit them on your behalf to the ulcerative colitis financial assistance programs we’ve matched to your profile. And when you’re accepted, we’ll take care of the enrollment paperwork as well.
Moving forward, you can count on Simplefill to make sure your prescriptions are refilled as needed. When we’re alerted to changes in your treatment plan, we’ll update your member profile and find you some financial assistance for any new medications prescribed for you.
As long as you remain a Simplefill member, you won’t have to worry about paying for the medications that will keep your ulcerative colitis at bay.