Sulfasalazine is used to treat and prevent inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and some rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Take sulfasalazine regularly as directed, with food and a glass of water.
Swallow the enteric coated (EC or EN) tablets whole.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Skin rash, skin peeling or blisters
|Stop taking and see your doctor immediately|
Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing
Reduced number of blood cells that fight infections or help your blood to clot - symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat or generally feeling unwell, or easy or unusual bruising or bleeding
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Severe stomach pain, nausea
Short of breath, persistent dry cough
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Mouth or lip sores
|Tell your doctor|
More sensitive to sunlight (sunburn or rash)
Loss of appetite
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. October 2020
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