Azulfidine is the brand name for a drug called Sulfasalazine. Its main purpose is to help treat symptoms of ulcerative colitis (a condition that causes the bowel to become inflamed). The medication can also be used in order to offer help for symptoms of Crohn’s disease (this is a similar inflammatory bowel disease).
If you use the delayed release version of Azulfidine, then it can be used in order to provide help for rheumatoid arthritis. Azulfidine is a part of a class of medications called anti-inflammatories. The way these work is they reduce inflammation inside the body.
Azulfidine was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 1950. The company that manufacture’s this drug is Pfizer.
What’s the main thing you need to remember when and if you have to use this medicational treatment?
When the doctor gives you this drug, they will want to keep careful watch over you. You’ll probably have several times when you’ll have to go to a doctor in order to have your progress checked. Be sure to keep all of these appointments. A doctor will likely want to perform different tests on you in order to see how well your body is responding to this drug.
If you have to take this drug then what are some of the potential side effects you might be at risk for as a result?
Loss of appetite
Upset stomach or stomach pain
The above mentioned side effects are all common and on the minor side of things. Below is a list of some of the more serious potential side effects you are at risk for:
Skin rash, itching, or hives
Muscle or joint aches
Pale or yellow skin
Bluish discoloration of the skin or nails
Unusual bruising or bleeding
Severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain
Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Chest pain or irregular heartbeat
Decreased urination or dark-colored urine
Numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes
Severe dizziness or drowsiness
Severe stomach pain
If you find that you’re experiencing any of the above serious side effects, then it’s best to let your doctor know right away. Depending on the severity of these symptoms you might have to immediately stop use and go to a medical emergency room to get help.
What’s some of the important dosing information you need to know?
You can get this medicational treatment in either regular release tablet form or delayed release tablet form. If you use the regular tablets these are typically going to be taken about 4 times each day. The doses have to be evenly spaced throughout the day so that they aren’t over 8 hours apart.
The delayed release tablet version can be taken less during the day. Regarding how much often you’ll need to take it a doctor will let you know this.
Make sure you take this medication after you’ve had something to eat or take it with a light snack. After this you’ll need to drink about 8 ounces of water. Be sure to swallow the tablets entirely. This means not crushing them or chewing them.
In order to keep yourself safe on this drug, you’ll want to make sure you don’t take any more or any less of this medication then what a doctor tells you or what the directions on the label tell you. Deviating from this only exposes you to more risk.