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ask: Sulfasalazine for IBS?

By Lynda F
 
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Does anyone know anything about this drug: Sulfasalazine ? It's supposed to be excellent for IBS. Is that true and what are the side effects? Any insight would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Lynda F.,

Sulfasalazine is used to treat bowel inflammation, diarrhea (stool frequency), rectal bleeding, and abdominal pain in patients with ulcerative colitis, a condition in which the bowel is inflamed.

Sulfasalazine comes as regular and delayed-release (enteric-coated) tablets. It usually is taken four times a day in evenly spaced doses throughout the day so that no more than 8 hours separates any two doses, if possible. Take sulfasalazine after a meal or with a light snack, then drink a full glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take sulfasalazine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow tablets whole; do not crush or chew them.

Drink plenty of fluids (at least six to eight glasses of water or other beverage per day) while taking sulfasalazine.

Continue to take sulfasalazine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking sulfasalazine without talking to your doctor.

For more information, visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000610/

 

Good Luck,

Rosa

October 30, 2012 - 6:01am
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