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Doctor insights on: Safe Sulfasalazine Pregnant

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Is it safe to take sulfasalazine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take sulfasalazine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Probably, but ask OB: Adverse events have not been observed in animal reproduction studies.Sulfasalazine and sulfapyridine cross the placenta; a potential for kernicterus in the newborn exists.Based on available data, an increase in malformations in the developing fetus has not been observed following maternal use of sulfasalazine. As always, discuss this with both OB and your rheumatogist.Do not stop meds on your own. ...Read more

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Does the intake of folic acid needs to be increased while taking sulfasalazine during a pregnancy?

Does the intake of folic acid needs to be increased while taking sulfasalazine during a pregnancy?

YES!!!: Sulfasalazine increases need for folic acid. Because Folic Acid is most important in the first weeks of pregnancy those on sulfasalazine should take at least 1000 mcg/day prior to getting pregnant. About 1/3 of people have difficulty converting Folic Acid to the active form, l-5-mthf, so to be safe it is be best to take the l-5-mthf form. See http://www.Naturalnews.Com/drugwatch_sulfasalazine.Html. ...Read more

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Is sulfasalazine an unhealthy drug?

Is sulfasalazine an unhealthy drug?

No.relatively safe!: Sfz is one drug I use the most in patients with many diseases. Aside from an occasional "sulfa rxn", the most common side effect is stomach "queazyness". All individuals taking this drug need to be monitored with blood work at defined intervals (2-3 mo) and they should receive Folic Acid supplements. ...Read more

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Has anyone prescribed sulfasalazine for costochondritis?

Has anyone prescribed sulfasalazine for costochondritis?

No: The use of sulfasalazine would be very unusual for this inflammatory condition. Local heat, anti-inflammatory rx, steroid injection ( with caution), some types of physical therapy are the usual treatments. ...Read more

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Can sulfasalazine cause infertility?

Can sulfasalazine cause infertility?

No: It is extremely rare that a medication will cause infertility. A infection however of the abdomen and pelvic can increase the risk of infertility. ...Read more

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Can u take sulfasalazine and methotrexate together?

Can u take sulfasalazine and methotrexate together?

Methotrexate: Not recommended routinely because combination can increase Methotrexate levels can cause toxicity. ...Read more

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I take sulfasalazine for RA, can I take the tablets that are not EN?

I take sulfasalazine for RA, can I take the tablets that are not EN?

Yes: Sulfasalazine has been used for 70 years to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The enteric formulation - delayed release - was created to help lessen gastrointestinal side effects particularly stomach upset. You should review this with your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Who should not take Azulfidine (sulfasalazine)?

Who should not take Azulfidine (sulfasalazine)?

Azulfidine (sulfasalazine): "Sulfasalazine tablets are contraindicated in: Patients with intestinal or urinary obstruction, Patients with porphyria as sulfonamides have been reported to precipitate an acute attack, Patients hypersensitive to Sulfasalazine, its metabolites, sulfonamides, or salicylates." See: http://www.drugs.com/pro/sulfasalazine.html ...Read more

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What laboratory tests should be monitored for a client taking sulfasalazine (azulfidine)?

What laboratory tests should be monitored for a client taking sulfasalazine (azulfidine)?

Azulfidine (sulfasalazine): "Complete blood counts, including differential white cell count and liver function tests, should be performed before starting Sulfasalazine and every second week during the first three months of therapy. During the second three months, the same tests should be done once monthly and thereafter once every three months, and as clinically indicated. Urinalysis and an assessment of renal function > ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 24yr male with reactive arthritis,taking sulfasalazine on regular basis how it will affect my life?

What to do if I'm 24yr male with reactive arthritis,taking sulfasalazine on regular basis how it will affect my life?

See details: If the disease is well controlled, there should be little adverse effect on your life. If it is not well controlled then alternative therapies can be tried. ...Read more

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