balsalazide disodium, Colazal (cont.)

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Capsule: 750 mg; Tablet: 1.1 g

STORAGE: Balsalazide disodium should be stored between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F)

PRESCRIBED FOR: Balsalazide is used to treat the signs and symptoms of mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis.

DOSING: The usual dose is 2250 mg (three 750 mg capsules) taken three times daily for 8 to 12 weeks or three 1.1 g tablets two times a day for up to 8 weeks.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: There are no known drug interactions with balsalazide disodium.

PREGNANCY: Animal studies have not demonstrated any adverse effects on the fetus; however, there have been no studies in pregnant women. Balsalazide should only be used during pregnancy if the benefit outweighs the theoretical risks.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known if balsalazide disodium is secreted into breast milk. Since many drugs are secreted into breast milk, balsalazide disodium should not be taken by nursing women.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most commonly occurring side effects are headache, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, insomnia, and urinary tract reactions also may occur.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 12/4/2012



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