|(sul fa SAL a
|Foreign Brand Names|
|Apo-Sulfasalazine® (Canada); PMS-Sulfasalazine (Canada); Salazopyrin® (Canada); Salazopyrin EN-Tabs® (Canada); S.A.S™
5-Aminosalicylic Acid Derivative|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to sulfa medicines, salicylates, sulfasalazine,
or any other part of the medicine.
- If you have any of the following conditions: Porphyria, blockage in
the gastrointestinal tract; blockage in the urinary tract.
- If you are treating a child less than 2 years of
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
- The enteric coated form (EN-tabs) is used for rheumatoid arthritis
(including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) in patients who need more than pain
|How does it work?|
- Sulfasalazine works to decrease the irritation and inflammation caused
by ulcerative colitis.
|How is it best taken?|
- Swallow enteric-coated tablet whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
Take with a whole glass of water.
- Do not take antacids, iron or folic acid with this medicine. Separate
- Drink plenty of liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- This medicine can stain your urine, sweat, tears a yellow-orange
color. May stain contact lenses and clothing.
- You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid lots of sun. Use sunscreen;
wear protective clothing and eyewear.
- Be careful with G-6-PD deficiency.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are on warfarin.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Sperm counts and motility can be decreased. This is reversible within
2 months after the medicine is stopped.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Do not use if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Belly pain and cramps.
- Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
- Belching or burping.
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
|What should I monitor?|
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- If you see tablet bits in the stool.
- Cramping, belly pain, or bloody diarrhea.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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