What is olsalazine?
Olsalazine is used to treat ulcerative colitis in adults.
Olsalazine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Olsalazine side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling).
Stop using olsalazine and seek medical treatment if you have a serious drug reaction that can affect many parts of your body. Symptoms may include skin rash, fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, severe weakness, unusual bruising, or yellowing of your skin or eyes.
Olsalazine may cause serious side effects. Stop using olsalazine and call your doctor at once if you have:
worsening colitis (fever, stomach pain, cramping, or bloody diarrhea).
Also call your doctor at once if you have:
severe or ongoing diarrhea;
chest pain, shortness of breath, fast or pounding heartbeats;
low blood cell counts--fever, chills, tiredness, mouth sores, skin sores, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, pale skin, cold hands and feet, feeling light-headed;
liver problems--loss of appetite, stomach pain (upper right side), itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
kidney problems--swelling, urinating less, feeling short of breath; or
signs of a kidney stone--pain in your side or lower back, blood in your urine, painful or difficult urination.
Common side effects of olsalazine may include:
diarrhea, stomach pain; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use olsalazine if you are allergic to olsalazine, balsalazide, mesalamine, or sulfasalazine, or to salicylates such as aspirin, Novasal, Doan's Extra Strength, Salflex, Tricosal, and others.
Your treatment with olsalazine may be delayed if you have received a chickenpox vaccine (varicella, Varivax) within the past 6 weeks.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
You should not breastfeed while using olsalazine.
How should I take olsalazine?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Olsalazine is usually taken twice per day.
Always take this medicine with food.
Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking olsalazine to keep your kidneys working properly.
This medicine can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using olsalazine.
Call your doctor if your ulcerative colitis symptoms get worse, or if you also have a fever, headache, or rash.
Store olsalazine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Olsalazine dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Ulcerative Colitis -- Maintenance:
500 mg orally 2 times a day
Use: Maintenance of remission of ulcerative colitis in patients who are intolerant of sulfasalazine
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, rapid breathing, ringing in your ears, headache, dizziness, confusion, seizures.
What should I avoid while taking olsalazine?
If you have eczema or other skin problems, olsalazine could make you sunburn more easily. Avoid sunlight or tanning beds. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
What other drugs will affect olsalazine?
Olsalazine can harm your kidneys, especially if you also use certain medicines for infections, cancer, osteoporosis, organ transplant rejection, bowel disorders, high blood pressure, or pain or arthritis (including Advil, Motrin, and Aleve).
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
a blood thinner--heparin, warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven.
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