What is balsalazide?

Balsalazide reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation in the colon (bowel).

Balsalazide is used to treat active ulcerative colitis.

Balsalazide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Precautions

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to balsalazide or to salicylates (such as aspirin, Disalcid, Doan’s Pills, Dolobid, Salflex, Tricosal, and others).

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

  • a stomach disorder called pyloric stenosis;
  • kidney disease; or
  • any infection that you are treating with antibiotics.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use balsalazide, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether balsalazide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

There are no restrictions on foods, beverages, or activities during therapy with balsalazide unless your doctor directs otherwise.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of a balsalazide overdose are not known.

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

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

  • worsening colitis symptoms, such as fever, stomach pain, cramps, or bloody diarrhea;
  • bleeding from your rectum; or
  • pale skin, easy bruising, weakness.

Keep taking balsalazide and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

  • headache, sleep problems (insomnia);
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;
  • runny nose, cold symptoms; or
  • joint pain.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

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Interactions

Before taking balsalazide, tell your doctor if you are taking any type of antibiotic.

There may be other drugs that can affect balsalazide. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Other Names

Colazal and balsalazide

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