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What is sulfasalazine and why is it prescribed?

Sulfasalazine is a type of drug known as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD).

It works by modifying the underlying disease process to reduce inflammation, pain and swelling in your joints. It may be prescribed by your GP or a rheumatologist to treat:

Sulfasalazine doesn't work immediately. It may be at least 12 weeks before you notice the benefits.

Are there any reasons I won't be prescribed sulfasalazine?

You shouldn't take sulfasalazine if you're known to have an allergy to salicylates (e.g. aspirin) or to sulphonamides (a type of antibiotic).

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