Sulfasalazine

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What is sulfasalazine?

Sulfasalazine is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). It dampens down the underlying disease process rather than simply treating symptoms. Read more >

Why is sulfalsalazine prescribed?

Sulfasalazine is used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritisreactive arthritis and arthritis associated with bowel inflammation.

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How do I take sulfalsalazine and how long does it take to work?

Sulfasalazine is usually taken in tablet form. Each tablet contains 500 mg. You may start on a low dose (e.g. 500 mg once daily) and then be increased to a higher dose (e.g. 1 g twice daily). It may be at least 12 weeks before you notice any benefit. Read more >

What are the possible side-effects of sulfasalazine?

In some patients sulfasalazine can cause nausea (feeling sick), diarrhoea, stomach pain, dizziness, headache and skin rashes. It can sometimes affect your blood or liver. Read more >

What are the risks of sulfasalazine?

You can have vaccinations and drink alcohol while on sulfasalazine.

Sulfasalazine can lead to a temporary decrease in male fertility, but this can be reversed. If either partner is taking sulfasalazine, you should talk to your doctor if you’re planning a family, if you become pregnant or if you're breastfeeding. Read more >

What else should I know about sulfasalazine?

Before you start sulfasalazine, your healthcare professional will discuss other treatment options with you and arrange for you to have a blood test.

While you're on sulfasalazine, you'll need regular blood tests. You should discuss any new medications (including complementary medicines) with your doctor before starting them and always tell any other doctor treating you that you’re taking sulfasalazine.

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