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Azulfidine

(Sulfasalazine)

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Reduces inflammation.

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Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is used for moderate to severe inflammatory bowel conditions, and with other meds for treating rheumatoid arthritis.

  • When taken consistently, Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) can control your symptoms of ulcerative colitis and other bowel diseases.
  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is usually used in combination with other medications to control rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You need to have blood tests every 3 months when taking Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine).
  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) isn't a good option if you have kidney or liver disease.
  • Can't take Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) if you are allergic to aspirin or sulfa medications.
  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) shouldn't be used if you are breastfeeding.

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Side effects for Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine)

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These are side effects of Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't use if you are allergic to sulfa drugs or aspirin.
  • Swallow tablets whole, and take after a meal with a full glass of water.
  • Drink at least six glasses of water daily while on this.
  • Continue to take Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) even once you feel better.
  • Read the information that come with your medication in the drugstore since there are many conditions you should be aware of before taking Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine).
  • Can cause an orange color in your urine or skin.

Risks and Warnings for Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine)

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  • Complete blood counts should be done before starting Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) and every other week during the first three months of treatment. Since kidney damage can occur, you'll need a urinalysis and an assessment of your kidney function periodically during treatment.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe
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Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Swallow tablets whole, and take after a meal with a full glass of water.
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) isn't a good option if you have kidney or liver disease.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Complete blood counts should be done before starting Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) and every other week during the first three months of treatment. Since kidney damage can occur, you'll need a urinalysis and an assessment of your kidney function periodically during treatment.
  • Severe hypersensitivity reactions can include internal organ involvement, such as hepatitis (liver), nephritis (kidney), myocarditis (heart), blood abnormalities, or pneumonitis (lungs).