Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Balsalazide exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Balsalazide for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Continue to take it even when you feel better. Do not skip any doses. Do not stop taking Balsalazide unless advised by your doctor to do so.
Take Balsalazide together with food or immediately after a meal. Swallow the capsules whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew them.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
You may need to have regular blood tests to make sure that your blood counts, kidney and liver function are normal while you are being treated with Balsalazide. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these blood tests.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor immediately if you are allergic to medicines similar to Balsalazide, such as salicylates (e.g. aspirin) or sulfur-containing drugs (e.g. certain types of antibiotics or diabetes medicine).
Alert your doctor if you have any kidney or liver problems, blood disorders, urinary or intestinal (bowel) blockage or asthma.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Balsalazide.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Balsalazide is used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. These diseases cause inflammation in the digestive tract (bowel) and are also known as "inflammatory bowel diseases".
Balsalazide helps to relieve the diarrhoea, stomach cramps and pain commonly experienced by people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease.
What side effects could I experience?
Balsalazide may cause diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, loss of appetite, headache, problems sleeping (insomnia), muscle pain, tiredness, cough or runny nose.
If you feel that your condition has become worse after taking Balsalazide, let your doctor know.
Other side effects are not common but may be serious. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience fever, sore throat, mouth ulcers, unusual bruising or bleeding.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- heart medicines such as digoxin and talinolol
- blood-thinning medicine such as warfarin
- TB medicines such as rifampicin and ethambutol
- other medicines such as ciclosporin, azathioprine, mercaptopurine, thioguanine and methotrexate
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.