Azulfidine is a pill that was originally invented in the 1930's to fight rheumatoid arthritis, but only recently was it approved by the FDA for treatment of arthritis. This medication is also prescribed to decrease severe attacks of ulcerative colitis. Azulfidine is a combination of two different medications: 5-amino salicylic acid and sulfapyridine. The beneficial effect of sulfasalazine is believed to be due to a local effect on the bowel, although there may also be a beneficial systemic immune-suppressant effect as well. This medication may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, dizziness or trouble sleeping during the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. Rarely, this medication can cause serious, even fatal, side effects such as a severe peeling skin rash known as Stevens- Johnson syndrome, blood disorders (e.g., agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia ), or liver damage. The effects of Azulfidine during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Azulfidine is secreted in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. This medication may also be used to treat another type of bowel disease called Crohn's disease.
Side Effects of Azulfidine
The following side effects of Azulfidine may includes:
Warnings and precautions before taking Azulfidine
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