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Azulfidine Medication- Uses & Side Effects

The exact way that sulfasalazine works is unknown, but it is believed to reduce the actions of substances in the body that may cause inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea.

Azulfidine Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose of Azulfidine and Azulfidine EN-tabs is 3 to 4 grams daily.
  • For children aged 6 and older, the usual starting dose is 40 to 60 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight in each 24-hour period, divided into 3 to 6 doses.

Uses of Azulfidine

  • Sulfasalazine is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis; or stomach pain, rectal bleeding, and diarrhea that may be caused by ulcerative colitis.
  • This medication may also be used for inflammatory bowel disease; or stomach pain, rectal bleeding, and diarrhea that may be caused by Crohn's disease; back pain/inflammation.

Side Effects of Azulfidine

Before taken Azulfidine medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Azulfidine. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bluish skin
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Hives
  • Inflammation of the mouth
  • Itching
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea

Warnings and precautions before taking Azulfidine:

  • Before using this drug, you should tell your doctor your medical history such as liver or kidney diseases, blood disorders, drug allergies.
  • You should tell your doctor if you are allergic to it; or to sulfa drugs; or to aspirin and related drugs or to mesalamine; or if you have any other allergies.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Azulfidine with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Azulfidine with the following:

  • Digoxin
  • Folic acid
  • Methotrexate

After taken Azulfidine if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Azulfidine overdose include

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Seizures

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