About Sulfasalazine

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Sulfasalazine, also known as Azulfidine, is used to treat inflammation, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain in patients with ulcerative colitis, and it is also is used to treat bowel inflammation in dogs. Learn more about this anti-inflammatory drug with information from the CEO of a pharmacy company in this free video on medicine.

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This is Lois Adams, president and CEO of Freedom Pharmacy and Wellness Centers in Orlando, Florida and also a consultant pharmacist. This segment is about sulfasalazine which is the generic for the drug Azulfidine. Azulfidine has been on the market for a very, very long time and it's commonly used to treat inflammation, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain in patients with ulcerative colitis. There are veterinary indications for this drug for the bowels inflammation in dogs, not cats, but dogs. The medication should be taken after a meal or a light snack with a full glass of water. Swallow the tablet whole, do not crush or chew. If you do that, then it becomes very orangy and you'll get that on the inside of your mouth and on your teeth. Avoid sunlight when taking this medicine. It causes photosensitivity and what that does and what that means that you must stay out of the sunlight and if you don't stay out of the sunlight, then you're more prone to get sunburn which could be a possible cause later on if you're taking this on an ongoing basis of cancer of the skin. Side effects can cause temporary infertility in males but the fertility does return when the drug is stopped. It may cause a urine or skin to turn orange and that's what would happen with the teeth if you chewed it up. It may cause severe headaches and loss of appetite. And that is a little about the drug sulfasalazine.

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