Azulfidine Drug Class
Azulfidine® (sulfasalazine) is a prescription medicine used to treat mild-to-moderately active cases of ulcerative colitis in adults and children as young as six years old. The medicine comes in tablet form and is generally taken three to six times a day. There is also a delayed-release tablet form of this medication available, which is approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Azulfidine belongs to a class of drugs known as aminosalicylates. The medicine is thought to work by decreasing the production of certain chemicals that are known to cause inflammation in the lining of the colon.
(To learn more about how this drug is classified, click Azulfidine Uses. This article also describes some of the other treatment options that are available for ulcerative colitis and takes a closer look at the symptoms of the disease.)