What is Salsalate?

Category: Prescription Drugs


See also: Saquinavir

Salsalate is a salicylate used in the treatment of minor pain or fever and arthritis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 10 4
Arthritis pain 9 3
Inflammation in joints 4 1
Fibromyalgia 3 4
Ankylosing spondylitis 1 0
Hip bursitis 1 1

Show all 9 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Salsalate

Side effect Patients


Based on patients currently taking Salsalate

Dosage Patients
1,000 mg daily 1
1,500 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Salsalate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 1
Personal research 1
See all 8 patients who've stopped taking Salsalate


Currently taking Salsalate

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Salsalate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Salsalate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Salsalate

Dec 24, 2010 (Started Dec 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Doc gave me salsalsate as a replacement for ibuprofen, which was giving me stomach pain. It's an aspirin-like drug, but I'm not sure exactly how similar to aspirin it is -- it seems to show up in drug interactions the same way that aspirin does. This means that it acts as a blood thinner. I've been instructed to pay close attention to symptoms of abnormal bleeding anywhere. I wasn't sure if it was working at first. I was going off my tramadol and in a lot of pain. I was prescribed two 750mg pills a day and I'm taking 3/day until I get my pain under control. When hurt, I take salsalsate and after awhile I feel better, so I'm guessing it's doing something.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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