balsalazide disodium, Colazal (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
PRESCRIBED FOR: Balsalazide is used to treat the signs and symptoms of mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most commonly occurring side effects are:
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)
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.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/18/2015
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