Balsalazide is used for:
Balsalazide is an anti-inflammatory. How it works is not fully known. It appears to reduce ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon) by preventing the production of substances that cause the inflammation.
Do NOT use Balsalazide if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Balsalazide , nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen), or any medicine containing a salicylate (eg, aspirin)
Before using Balsalazide :
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have kidney disease, intestinal blockage, or certain stomach problems (eg, pyloric stenosis)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Balsalazide . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- Meglitinide antidiabetics (eg, repaglinide), sulfonylureas (eg, glipizide), or valproic acid because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Balsalazide
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, enalapril), probenecid, or sulfinpyrazone because their effectiveness may be decreased by Balsalazide
How to use Balsalazide :
Use Balsalazide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Balsalazide by mouth with or without food.
- If you cannot swallow the capsule whole, you may open it and sprinkle the contents over a spoonful of applesauce. Mix the medicine with the applesauce and swallow the mixture right away, followed by a glass of water. You may crush or chew the medicine before swallowing if necessary. Do not store the mixture for future use.
- If you miss a dose of Balsalazide , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Important safety information:
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not get better of if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Balsalazide should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 5 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Balsalazide while you are pregnant. It is not known if Balsalazide is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Balsalazide , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Balsalazide :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Diarrhea; headache; heartburn; joint or muscle pain; loss of appetite; nausea; runny or stuffy nose; stomach pain; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dark urine; fatigue; fever; rectal bleeding; signs of infection (eg, chills or persistent sore throat); yellowing of the skin or eyes.