Posted 7/22/2019 10:58 AM (GMT -6)
Welcome to the forum, but sorry to hear you are struggling with a severe flare!
Iron supplements can worsen bowl symptoms: increase diarrhea, cause black stool. You can try them just know that those can occur. IV-route iron is often better tolerated (but only used if your iron score is low enough to justify it). If your iron is just slightly low, they might recommend a supplement.
Remicade has been great for me, in a remission over the long term, with no side effects. If it comes to remicade, it has worked well for many of us!
There's a variety of supplements mentioned to try here over the years. Turmeric/curcumin, Fish oil, probiotics, prebiotics, LDN, among many other things (you can see them within the signatures of the various posters here). Just know that supplements can cause side effects too, as an example, tumeric is a blood thinner so you will bleed more. You are taking the word of the various posters, there are no supplements that are fully vetted and approved for the treatment of UC (a few had small scale, open labeled studies done which are known for inaccuracy).
There's no harm in trying alternatives if you are so inclined. However, I do encourage you to continue working with your gasteroenteroligist and taking your prescribed meds. Some have had luck trying traditional meds together with alternatives.