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What is Sulfasalazine used for?

Sulfasalazine is an anti-inflammatory medicine prescribed for the treatment of mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis. This medication helps decrease its symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and fever. In addition, Sulfasalazine is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, which reduces its symptoms such as swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Sulfasalazine?

The dosage of Sulfasalazine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Sulfasalazine should be taken with a full glass of water. To minimize upset stomach, it can be taken with food.

What if you miss a dose of Sulfasalazine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Sulfasalazine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Sulfasalazine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Sulfasalazine, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are convulsions, abdominal pain, drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, and stomach upset.

What other drugs could interact with Sulfasalazine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Sulfasalazine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Sulfasalazine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Sulfasalazine can interact with certain diabetic medications and birth control pills.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Sulfasalazine?

Like other medicines, Sulfasalazine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Sulfasalazine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Sulfasalazine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Sulfasalazine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Sulfasalazine can cause side effects such as stomach upset, headache, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, inflammation of the mouth, and abdominal pain. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are sensitivity to sun, change in mood, change in hearing, blood in the urine, and tingling of the hands/feet. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Sulfasalazine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Sulfasalazine?

Is it possible for me to take Sulfasalazine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Sulfasalazine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Sulfasalazine?
How will Sulfasalazine work in my body?
How should Sulfasalazine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Sulfasalazine drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Sulfasalazine, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breast-feeding. Also, inform your doctor if you have blood disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, and asthma. While taking Sulfasalazine, avoid becoming dehydrated and also avoid prolonged exposure to sun. Exercise caution while you drive or perform any activity that requires alertness.

 

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