Highlights for balsalazide
balsalazide Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- chest pain
- difficulty breathing, wheezing
- fever, chills, sore throat
- skin rash or itching
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusually weak or tired
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach pain or cramps
balsalazide May Interact with Other Medications
Interactions are not expected. Do not take any other medicines without asking your doctor or health care professional.
How to Use balsalazide
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Take this medicine with food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- intestinal obstruction called pyloric stenosis
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- low salt or sodium diet
- an unusual or allergic reaction to balsalazide, aspirin, mesalamine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better after several days. There is usually an improvement in 3 to 21 days. You may need about 6 weeks of treatment to get good results. It is important that you continue taking your medicine and only stop taking it on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: February 9, 2012