Tofacitinib is available on the NHS. It is a possible treatment for adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis, if conventional therapy or a biological hasn’t worked or isn’t suitable. Conventional therapies include aminosalicylates, corticosteroids or thiopurines. Biologicals include infliximab, adalimumab, golimumab or vedolizumab.
Is this treatment right for me?
Your healthcare professionals should give you clear information, talk with you about your options and listen carefully to your views and concerns. Your family can be involved too, if you wish. Read more about making decisions about your care.
Questions to think about
- How well does it work compared with other treatments?
- What are the risks or side effects? How likely are they?
- How will the treatment affect my day-to-day life?
- What happens if the treatment does not work?
- What happens if I do not want to have treatment? Are there other treatments available?
Information and support
The NHS website may be a good place to find out more.
This organisation can give you advice and support:
- Crohn's and Colitis UK, 0300 222 5700.
You can also get support from your local Healthwatch.
NICE is not responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by these organisations.
This page was last updated: 28 November 2018