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balsalazide - oral, Colazal (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking balsalazide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to aspirin, NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, celecoxib), or salicylates (e.g., salsalate); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: stomach/intestinal blockage (e.g., pyloric stenosis), liver disease, kidney disease.This medication is similar to aspirin. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin or aspirin-related medications (e.g., salicylates) if they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness, or if they have just been given a live virus vaccine (e.g., varicella vaccine), without first consulting a doctor about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: antibiotics, azathioprine, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (e.g., acetazolamide), certain drugs to treat gout (e.g., probenecid), drugs to treat diabetes (e.g., sulfonylureas including glipizide, glyburide), 6-mercaptopurine, mesalamine, methotrexate.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.



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