What is Salazopyrin?
Salazopyrin containing the active ingredient sulfasalazine is considered an aminosalicylates type of medication. The medication can be used to reduce inflammation in inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. By blocking the way inflammation develops in the body, the tablets can be used to treat symptoms such as fevers, stomach pain, diarrhea and rectal pain caused by conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohnís disease. Some patients may also use the medication, when other types of medication have proven ineffective, to reduce stiffness, swelling and joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
How is Salazopyrin used?
Salazopyrin is usually taken orally 1 to 4 times per day unless otherwise directed by a doctor. To prevent an upset stomach, the medication should be taken with some food along with a full glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the condition being treated and the patientís response to the therapy. The tablets should be swallowed whole and not broken, chewed or crushed prior to consumption.
Patients using Salazopyrin may encounter side effects such as:
- Upset stomach
- Loss of appetite
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Joint or muscle aches
- Ringing in the ears
- Mental or mood changes
- Vision problems
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Salazopyrin is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.