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SULFASALAZINE (Salazopyrin) [sul-fah-SALA-zeen]
How to use this medication
Sulfasalazine is a medication used to treat arthritis. While taking this medicine it is important to have your blood tests done and see your doctor on a regular basis.
Take your sulfasalazine in the morning with breakfast and at night before you go to bed.
Sulfasalazine comes in 500 mg tablets. A common dose is 2 tablets in the morning and two tablets at night. Your doctor will tell you the right dose for you.
It will take 6 to 12 weeks for the sulfasalazine to work. It is important for you to keep taking the medicine.
What you need to do
Have your blood tested TWO WEEKS AFTER YOU START THE MEDICINE THEN EVERY MONTH. This is important to
make sure sulfasalazine isn’t harming your liver, kidneys or affecting your blood counts.
Side effects & imprtant things to know
The most common side effect of sulfasalazine is nausea and feeling unwell. This can get better over time as you get used to the medication.
Sulfasalazine can cause a rash. Stop the medicine and let your doctor know if you develop a rash.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine
Other Reasons to Call your Doctor:
Other important information
You can simply stop taking sulfasalazine. You do not need to wean off it. Please call your doctor if you stop the medication.