Why do I need this medicine?
Sulfasalazine is used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These diseases cause inflammation in the digestive tract (bowel) and are also known as “inflammatory bowel diseases”.
Sulfasalazine is also used to treat other inflammatory illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of the joints), where it helps to reduce the inflammation and pain commonly experienced by people with this disease.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Sulfasalazine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take Sulfasalazine together with food or immediately after a meal. If you are taking the enteric coated/ delayed-release tablets swallow it whole, do not crush or chew them. Try to take it the same time each day.
Drink lots of water (about 6-8 cups everyday) while you are being treated with Sulfasalazine, unless your doctor has specifically told you not to do so. Drinking enough water will help to protect your kidneys against some of the effects of Sulfasalazine.
Sulfasalazine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Sulfasalazine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.