Azulfidine Dangers

The ulcerative colitis drug Azulfidine® (sulfasalazine) is well tolerated by most people. However, side effects are possible -- some of which are potentially dangerous. Azulfidine's most commonly reported side effects in clinical trials included:
Some of the more serious problems reported with this drug included:
  • Anemia
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ulcerative colitis symptoms.
Azulfidine is not suitable for everyone, so tell your healthcare provider if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or any allergies. By discussing your medical history, as well as your current medications, with your healthcare provider before starting treatment, you can reduce your risk of dangerous side effects and drug interactions.
(For more details on the dangers of this drug, click Azulfidine Side Effects and Azulfidine Warnings and Precautions. These articles describe other issues to discuss with your healthcare provider and explain who should avoid this medicine altogether.)
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