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    What does Sulfasalazine treat?

    Sulfasalazine is an anti-inflammatory medication that is used to treat mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis. This helps alleviate stomach pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding and fever associated with ulcerative colitis. It also helps bring down the swelling, stiffness and joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.

    Dosage Instructions

    Follow the Sulfasalazine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Consume the tablet with a full glass of water. It should preferably be taken with food to avoid stomach upset.

    Missed a dose?

    Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.

    Overdosed?

    Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.

    Drug Interactions

    Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Sulfasalazine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Sulfasalazine.

    It may interact with: 

    • Digoxin 
    • Methotrexate 
    • Phenytoin 
    • Warfarin 

    It may also interact with certain diabetic medications and birth control pills. This is not an exhaustive list though.

    Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

    Possible Side Effects

    Sulfasalazine might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

    Sulfasalazine may have side effects such as stomach upset, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, headache, nausea, inflammation of the mouth and abdominal pain. Serious side effects of this drug are rare and may include chest pain, sensitivity to sun, mood swings, breathing trouble, change in hearing, blood in the urine, painful urination and tingling of the hands/feet. This is not the complete list though.

    In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

    What to ask your doctor before you start on Sulfasalazine

    • Can I take Sulfasalazine along with other drugs? 
    • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Sulfasalazine? 
    • What is the dosage of Sulfasalazine to be consumed? 
    • How should I use Sulfasalazine? 
    • How will Sulfasalazine work on my body? 
    • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Sulfasalazine be minimized or completely avoided?

    Disclaimer

    The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Sulfasalazine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.

     

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