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Dipentum

Generic Name: olsalazine (ole SAL a zeen)
Brand Name: Dipentum

Medically reviewed on December 15, 2017

What is Dipentum?

See also: Entyvio

Dipentum affects substances in the body that cause inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea.

Dipentum is used to treat ulcerative colitis.

Dipentum may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Dipentum or to salicylates such as aspirin, Novasal, Doan's Extra Strength, Salflex, Tricosal, and others.

Before taking Dipentum, tell your doctor if you have asthma or other allergies, kidney disease, or liver disease.

Call your doctor at once if your colitis symptoms get worse, or if you have chest pain, shortness of breath, fast or pounding heartbeats, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Dipentum or to salicylates such as aspirin, Novasal, Doan's Extra Strength, Salflex, Tricosal, and others.

Before taking Dipentum, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • asthma or other allergies;

  • kidney disease; or

  • liver disease.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Dipentum.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Olsalazine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Dipentum?

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take Dipentum with a full glass of water.

Store Dipentum at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of Dipentum.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

What should I avoid while taking Dipentum?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using Dipentum.

Avoid getting a varicella (chickenpox) vaccine within 6 weeks after you stop taking Dipentum.

Dipentum side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Dipentum and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • worsening colitis (fever, stomach pain, cramping, or bloody diarrhea);

  • chest pain, shortness of breath, fast or pounding heartbeats; or

  • nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild stomach discomfort;

  • nausea, heartburn;

  • skin rash, itching;

  • headache;

  • muscle or joint pain; or

  • urinating more often than usual.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Dipentum?

The following drugs can interact with Dipentum. Tell your doctor if you are using any of these:

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Dipentum. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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