What is Salazopyrin (Sulfasalazine) used for?
Salazopyrin (Sulfasalazine) is an oral sulfonamide medication prescribed for the treatment of ulcerative colitis or Crohn`s disease. It operates by reducing inflammation in the stomach and intestines to reduce symptoms including stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhoea, or rectal bleeding. Its anti-inflammatory effects may also be useful for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor may also recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Salazopyrin (Sulfasalazine)?
Salazopyrin (Sulfasalazine) is normally prescribed to be taken once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual directions will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, current health, and the severity of your symptoms. You may be instructed to begin with a lower dose that is gradually increased to prevent nausea. These tablets should be swallowed with a large glass of water after a meal to prevent indigestion. Do not split, crush, or chew the tablets prior to use to avoid destroying or changing the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medication make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Salazopyrin (Sulfasalazine)?
Some patients using Salazopyrin (Sulfasalazine) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Side effects that may require immediate medical attention include fever, flu symptoms, faintness, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, sensitive skin, easier bruising, jaundice, kidney problems, or signs of an allergic reaction such as skin rashes, hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. Inform your doctor as soon as any serious or worrying symptoms occur to make sure necessary changes are made to your dosage or frequency of administration.
Salazopyrin (Sulfasalazine) should not be used by patients who are allergic to salicylates (such as aspirin), allergic to sulphonamide medications, who have porphyrias, or to treat patients under the age of two. It is also important to inform your doctor if you have a history of allergies, a G6PD deficiency, reduced blood cell count, reduced kidney function, or lower kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected health complications requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly use Salazopyrin (Sulfasalazine) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Salazopyrin (Sulfasalazine) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.