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- SULFASALAZINE (IVAX LIVERY) 500mg
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Sulfasalazine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Sulfasalazine 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 Sulfasalazine unless advised by your doctor to do so.
Take Sulfasalazine together with food or immediately after a meal. Swallow the enteric coated/ delayed-release tablets whole, do not crush or chew them.
Drink lots of water (about 6-8 cups everyday) while you are being treated with Sulfasalazine, unless your doctor has specifically told you not to do so. Drinking enough water will help to protect your kidneys against some of the effects of Sulfasalazine.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Sulfasalazine can sometimes reduce fertility in men -- this is reversible when Sulfasalazine is stopped. Men who plan to have children should inform their doctor.
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 Sulfasalazine. 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 Sulfasalazine, 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 an inherited blood condition known as G6PD deficiency, 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 Sulfasalazine.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Sulfasalazine 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".
Sulfasalazine helps to relieve the diarrhoea, stomach cramps and pain commonly experienced by people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease.
Sulfasalazine is also used to treat other inflammatory illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Sulfasalazine helps to reduce the inflammation and pain commonly experienced by people with RA.
What side effects could I experience?
Sulfasalazine may cause headache, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, loss of appetite and sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to sunlight. Use sunblock, protective clothing and sunglasses to protect from the sun.
Sulfasalazine may also cause dizziness and tiredness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Sulfasalazine may cause an orange-yellow colouration of the skin, urine, saliva, tears and other body fluids. This is temporary and harmless; do not be alarmed.
Other side effects are not common but may be more serious. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience allergic reactions such as rashes, itch or difficulty breathing. Also alert your doctor to any signs of a blood disorder, such as 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?
Alert 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
- antibiotics such as ampicillin
- diabetes medicine such as chlorpropamide, tolbutamide, glibenclamide
- 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.