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Generic: sulfasalazine
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It is used to treat ulcerative colitis.
               



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What is this medicine?

SULFASALAZINE (sul fa SAL a zeen) is used to treat ulcerative colitis.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • blood disorders or anemia
  • glucose- 6- phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
  • intestinal obstruction
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • porphyria
  • urinary tract obstruction
  • an unusual reaction to sulfasalazine, sulfa drugs, salicylates, or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If the medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • digoxin
  • folic acid

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need frequent blood and urine checks.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/ booths.

Drink plenty of water while taking this medicine.

               
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