Colazal® (balsalazide disodium) is a medication licensed for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Although most people can take this medication safely, Colazal does pose certain risks.
Colazal belongs to a class of drugs known as aminosalicylates, and works by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lining of the colon. It's important to note that certain problems can develop in people taking this medication. For example, in some cases, Colazal can make the symptoms of ulcerative colitis worse and may increase your risk of kidney damage.
Other safety issues with Colazal can include possible side effects, such as diarrhea and abdominal (stomach) pain. Notify your healthcare provider right away if you develop potentially serious problems, such as decreased urination, difficulty breathing, or unexplained swelling.
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