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Sulfasalazine Gastroenterology 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
Yes, sometimes: Up until the 80's we only had sulasalazine for uc. The main problems were headace and some rqshes usually due to the sulfapyridine moiety. Pure Mesalamine drugs such as asacol, (mesalamine) lialda, Balsalazide and others do not contain the sulapyridine part and therefore don't have as many problems with the drug. However sulfasalazine is still cheap and useful and should not be ignored. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is sulfasalazine considered a sulfa drug? Why would my rheumatologist prescribe it for me when I have lupus?
Yes: As is the case with other sulfonamide drugs, sulfasalazine can sometimes evoke a reaction known as "erythema multiforme", which can cause mouth ulcers and characteristic skin rash. If you experience this reaction, you should discontinue the medication and contact your prescribing medical doctor as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does sulfasalazine measure up to other 5-asa drugs such as asacol (mesalamine) and colazal for ulcerative colitis?
Severe RA. dr. prescribed Actemra (tocilizumab) inj. plaqunil. methotrexate.Sulfasalazine. norco.folic acid.What 2 watch out for? Any concerns from theses drugs?
Sounds right.: Severe RA requires serious medications. I do not see any drug-drug problems. But individually these meds require monitoring and an awareness of what can go wrong. You absolutely must review your concerns with your doc who is paid to educate you about the risks and benefits of treatment and making an informed decision about your care. ...Read more
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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