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
Fibromyalgia 2 2
Ankylosing spondylitis 1 0
Hip bursitis 1 1

Show all 8 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
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Salsalate

Side effect Patients


Based on patients currently taking Salsalate

Dosage Patients
2,250 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 1

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 5
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 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 4

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: 1500 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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