Close
advertisement
advertisement

Stay Connected

btn-sc-social-community btn-sc-social-facebook btn-sc-social-twitter btn-sc-social-youtube btn-sc-social-newsletters

Newsletters

widg-newsletter-laptop

Get the practical information you need to live better with arthritis delivered straight to your inbox!

Arthritis Today

How to reduce pain, find the right treatments and live better with arthritis. [Bi-weekly]

Fitness + Nutrition

Get weight-loss tips, arthritis-friendly recipes and ways to exercise safely. [Bi-weekly]

Mind, Body, Spirit

Find arthritis care tips, inspirational stories and Arthritis Foundation news. [Monthly]

RA Insider

Beyond the basics of rheumatoid arthritis: research, news and treatment. [Monthly]

sign up

Sulfasalazine

 

Drug Class:

DMARDs

Brand Names

Azulfidine, Azulfidine EN-Tabs, Sulfazine, Sulfazine EC


Dosages

Help

500 mg to 3 grams daily in two to four doses.

Dosages for children: The dosages listed above are those typically prescribed for adults aged 18-65. Dosages for children can vary. Ask your doctor about the appropriate dosage for your child.


Potential Side Effects

Help

Abdominal discomfort; aching joints; diarrhea; headache; increased sun sensitivity; itching; loss of appetite; nausea; rash; vomiting.


Special Instructions

Help
  • Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication.
  • Minimize exposure to sunlight and wear sunscreen.
  • Take after a meal and with water.

Be Aware

Help
  • Your doctor should order periodic blood and urine tests to check for unwanted effects. Before taking any DMARD, tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant.
  • Sulfasalazine is a sulfa drug. Before taking it, tell your doctor if you are allergic to sulfa drugs or aspirin. Not drinking enough fluids while on this medication can cause crystals to form in your urine. This drug can lower sperm counts and may interfere with conception.

The Arthritis Today Drug Guide is meant for education – not self-medicating. Arthritis Today, the Arthritis Foundation and the Drug Guide Medical Review Panel do not endorse any products mentioned in this guide. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date, we make no representations or warranties about the completeness of the information provided.

About Arthritis Today Drug Guide | Privacy Policy | Medical Review Panel

advertisement
 
Advertisement