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 Olsalazine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Olsalazine 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 Olsalazine unless advised by your doctor to do so.
Take Olsalazine together with food or immediately after a meal.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Olsalazine.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor immediately if you are allergic to medicines similar to Olsalazine, 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 Olsalazine.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Olsalazine 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".
Olsalazine 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?
Diarrhoea is the most common side effect experienced with Olsalazine. This usually occurs within 1 week after starting treatment. Inform your doctor if diarrhoea occurs.
Olsalazine may also cause stomach cramps, nausea, stomach wind, loss of appetite, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, rashes, itch, muscle ache and problems sleeping (insomnia). Olsalazine may also cause drowsiness and dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
If you feel that your condition has worsened after taking Olsalazine, let your doctor know.
Other side effects are not common but may be serious. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- fever, sore throat, mouth ulcers, unusual bruising or bleeding
- persistent diarrhoea and stomach cramps
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?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- blood-thinning medicine such as warfarin
- 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.