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US Brand Name Azulfidine
Generic Name Sulfasalzine
Other Brand Name Sazo EN
Packing 10
Manufacturer Wallace
Form Tablet
Strength 500 mg

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Introduction

Generic Azulfidine is prescribed for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Inactive in its ingested form, it is crashed by bacteria (present in the colon) into 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA), and sulfapyridine. The former then offers therapeutic benefit. It helps in reducing the irritation and swelling in the large intestines.


Use

Generic Azulfidine is prescribed to treat mild to severe ulcerative colitis. It does not treat the problem but help reducing the symptoms like diarrhea, stomach ache, fever and rectal bleeding. It is also recommended during the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. In some cases, doctor may advise it to treat Crohn's disease and ankylosing spondylitis.


Side effects

Some of the common side effects of Generic Azulfidine are stomach upset, mouth sores, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, temporary male infertility, and unusual tiredness. However, if side effects like fresh or worsening joint pain, seizures, confusion, severe headache, inexplicable neck stiffness, liver disease, fever, chest pain, chills, skin rash and other allergic reactions occur then contact your doctor immediately.


storage

The tablets should be maintained at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F). Keep it safe from the reach of light, moisture, pets and children.


Composition

Sulfasalazine is the active ingredient.


Important Precautions

Most importantly, tell your doctor about your allergic reactions that have happened in the past. Also discuss in detail, about your lung and kidney diseases (if any). Azulfidine passes through breast milk and hence, it is important for the patients to consult their doctor before breastfeeding their children as it may cause problems for the infants. Secondly, patients should tell their doctors if they are or are wishing to get pregnant before taking the medication.


Dosage and administration

Normally, adults are prescribed dose ranging from 1000 mg to 4000 mg on daily basis. The frequency may be 2 to 4 times, depending upon the condition of the patient. The medication must be taken orally with a full glass of water. It can be taken with food to avoid chances of stomach upset.


Overdosage

In case of overdose suspicion, instant medical help should be taken. Known symptoms of overdose are persistent vomiting, severe abdomen or stomach pain, severe drowsiness, and seizures.