Sulfasalazine is used for the treatment of ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and crohn’s disease.
How it Works
Sulfasalazine is known as an aminosalicylate, and is exhibits anti-inflammatory effects. Sulfasalazine enters the colon where it is split into separate substances, mesalazine and sulfapyridine. Sulfasalazine's antibacterial and immunimodulatory properties are due to it changing the action of enzymes within the body. This then helps to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal system which allows the symptoms of flare ups to be relieved. Sulfasalazine is used for rheumatoid arthritis, ir works as a DMARD (disease modifying antirheumatic drug) and its mechanism of action involves decreasing joint damage, swelling and stiffness.
Common Side effects
Patients who take Sulfasalazine may suffer from such side effects; Nausea, Reduction in appetite, Taste sensation changes, Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Gastric pain, Dizziness, Insomnia, Joint pain, Ringing in ear, Abdominal pain, Conjunctival redness, Fever, Diarrhoea, Cough
Sulphasalazine in tablet form is a superb drug to deal with inflammation in the bowel. It can be used to control rectal bleeding, cure diarrhea, and manage pain in the abdomen area. People suffering from ulcerative colitis can also get relief from the pain with the help of this drug.
Sulphasalazine can deal with any sort of inflammation in the bowel area. When using this drug, inflammation as well as pain associated with certain conditions can be reduced. The frequency of passing stool can also be rectified by this drug. People suffering from ulcerative colitis experience pain in their abdominal area and such problems can be solved by this drug as well. The compounds present in the drug help in dealing with the rheumatoid arthritis problem in both adults as well as children. All sorts of inflammation inside the body can be treated with the use of this medicine. Problems such as rectal bleeding and damaged joints can also be treated using this drug.
Dosage and administration
The dose for this medicine is available in 500 mg tablets. Any dose of this drug must be consumed with a proper prescription from the doctor. Four doses per day is the limitation of this drug as per the doctor’s recommendation. There should be a gap of around eight hours between successive consumption. Don’t crush the tablet while consuming. It is highly recommended to drink sufficient amount of water while consuming this drug. Any problems related to the consumption of the drug should be directly consulted with the doctor immediately.
Precautions such as your complete medical history should be informed to the physician well before he or she prescribes the medicine.Any sort of allergic reactions while consuming this drug must be informed at the earliest. Stop taking the drug immediately when such incidents occur.All other types of medication that you are taking should be informed as well to avoid any major side effects.Inform your doctor as well if you are pregnant or breastfeeding so as to avoid any problems.
Minor problems such as loss of appetite, pain in stomach, and headaches can be experienced. It may also lead to the temporary problem of infertility in men. A few may also encounter problems such as diarrhea and vomiting. In case any side effects surface, it is better to stop taking the medication immediately and consult with your doctor about it.