Azulfidine; Azulfidine EN-tabs; Sulfazine; Sulfazine EC
Apo-Sulfasalazine; PMS-Sulfasalazine; Salazopyrin; Salazopyrin En-Tabs
- It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
- It is used to treat ulcerative colitis.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have an allergy to sulfasalazine or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have a sulfa (sulfonamide) allergy, talk with your doctor.
- If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, porphyria, or trouble passing urine.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this drug affects you.
- If you have asthma, talk with your doctor. You may be more sensitive to this drug.
- Be careful if you have G6PD deficiency. Anemia may happen.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab workers know you take this drug.
- This drug may change the color of urine, sweat, and tears to yellow or orange color.
- This drug may stain contact lenses.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions, infections, heart problems, kidney problems, liver problems, lung problems, and blood problems have happened with this drug. Nerve or muscle problems that have not gone away have also happened with this drug. Talk with the doctor.
- You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
- This drug may lower sperm counts in men. This may affect being able to father a child. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Tablet shell in the stool.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Very bad belly pain or bloody loose stools.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Change in color of skin to a bluish color like on the lips, nail beds, fingers, or toes.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- Swollen gland.
- Hearing loss.
- Low mood (depression).
- Muscle pain.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Very bad dizziness.
- Very bad headache.
- Shortness of breath.
- Trouble walking.
- Any bruising or bleeding.
- Pale skin.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Belly pain or heartburn.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Not hungry.
- Take as you have been told, even if you feel well.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Take after meals.
- Take with a full glass of water.
- Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.