Colazal (Balsalazide Disodium) Drug Information

Colazal® (balsalazide disodium) is used to reduce the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that often causes diarrhea, rectal bleeding, or extreme urgency to have a bowel movement. The prescription drug comes in the form of a tablet that can be taken with or without food. For most people, Colazal is taken three times a day, at the same times each day.
Most people tolerate this medication well, but side effects have been known to occur. In clinical studies, the most common reactions to Colazal included:
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Joint pain.
Before taking this medicine, tell your healthcare provider if you have any other medical conditions, such as kidney disease or pyloric stenosis. Also, let him or her know if you have any allergies -- especially to balsalazide disodium, the active ingredient -- or if you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding.
(For more information, click Colazal. Topics discussed in this article include other potential side effects, drug warnings, how it works, and more.)
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