Compare Colazal vs. Dipentum

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Colazal
(balsalazide)

Dipentum
(olsalazine)

Coming soon.Treats ulcerative colitis. Dipentum (olsalazine) controls ulcerative colitis once it's been controlled with other medicines, but you can't use it if you have a flare-up.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Colazal side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Colazal »
  • Diarrhea 4%
  • Abdominal pain and cramps 3%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Bloating 1%
  • Low mood disorder 2%
  • Rash 1%
More Dipentum side effects »
How it works
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Coming soon.Dipentum (olsalazine) lowers chemicals in the body that cause inflammation which are more common in ulcerative colitis.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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  • Ulcerative Colitis Mild To Moderate
Risk factors for serious side effects
ColazalDipentum
    Coming soon.
    • Allergy to salicylates
    • History of severe allergies
    • History of asthma
    • History of kidney disease
    • History of liver disease
    Detailed Dipentum (olsalazine) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Food
    ColazalDipentum
    No food related info.
    • Take with food to avoid stomach upset.
    Kidneys and liver
    ColazalDipentum
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Rarely, Dipentum (olsalazine) can damage your kidneys. Your doctor might do regular blood tests if you have kidney problems.
    Upsides and benefits
    ColazalDipentum
    Coming soon
    • Dipentum (olsalazine) is one of the few medicines you can take for ulcerative colitis by mouth.
    • Dipentum (olsalazine) can stop your symptoms from coming back so often.
    • Dipentum (olsalazine) can be used by itself or taken with a rectal formulation may help provide relief if you have already tried the rectal formulation alone without success.
    Downsides and risks
    ColazalDipentum
    Coming soon
    • It's only used if you don't like enemas and suppositories but it doesn't work as fast, and you have to take more pills.
    • Dipentum (olsalazine) can cause more side effects than other pills for ulcerative colitis. Talk to your doctor about oral alternatives with less side effects.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ColazalDipentum
    Coming soon
    • Take with food to avoid stomach upset.
    • Use Dipentum (olsalazine) every day, not only when you have pain attacks.
    • Tell your doctor if you're allergic to salicylates such as aspirin before taking Dipentum (olsalazine).
    • Keep taking Dipentum (olsalazine) as directed even if your symptoms are gone after a few days.
    • Tell your doctor if you have had the varicella vaccine in the past 6 weeks.
    • If you are on warfarin, talk to your doctor. You may need to have your blood tests checked more often while on Dipentum (olsalazine).
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