Comprising of the chief ingredient Sulfasalazine, Azulfidine is a medication that is used in the treatment of certain disorders related to colon. It is a sulfa drug and a derivate of mesalazine. It was first developed in the year 1950 and upon gaining huge prominence it was listed under the essential list of medications that is needed for basic health.
Azulfidine is prescribed for the treatment of a condition called ulcerative colitis which results in seriously uncomfortable symptoms such as rectal bleeding and stomach pain.
Azulfidine does not necessarily treat the medical condition. It only alleviates the symptoms that are triggered as a result of this condition. Azulfidine is effective in reducing the frequency of these symptoms and brings great relief to people who are suffering from ulcerative colitis. Because of falling under the category of salicylate the medication can also be used for people who are troubled with arthritis. It is also known to reduce pain and inflammation that is usually prevalent in arthritis patients.
As Azulfidine comes in the form of easily consumable medications anyone can consume this medication comfortably. It should be taken after meals, accompanied by a full glass of water. Drinking a lot of water will help in clearing out any blockages in the intestine and also prevents the occurrence of kidney stones. Take it on the same time every day and do not discontinue the usage until you reach the end of your course, even if you notice improvements in your condition. The dosage intervals must be spaced evenly but not too far apart.
Children will usually be prescribed with a lower dose of Azulfidine. Maintenance dosage is 3 to 4 gm/day divided into few intervals. Initial dosage can be 1 to 2 gm/day. For children, the dosage depends on their body weight. Typically 40 to 60 mg/kg/day are suggested for children who are below 6 years old.
Possible common side effects that occur are:
Even though the chances are remote, some serious side effects such as swelling of mouth or tongue, liver problem symptoms, bloody diarrhea and tingling sensation in the body might also occur in some people.
Medications interacting with this medication are:
Make sure to avoid all these drug contraindications to ensure your safety.