Dipentum Uses

Dipentum uses are concerned primarily with preventing symptoms of ulcerative colitis in people for whom the condition is in remission. The medication is often prescribed for people who cannot take sulfasalazine. It works by inhibiting the chemicals believed to be responsible for inflammation. Among the potential off-label Dipentum uses is the treatment of Crohn's disease.

An Overview of Dipentum Uses

Dipentum® (olsalazine sodium) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat ulcerative colitis. It is part of a group of medications known as aminosalicylates.
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that leads to inflammation and sores in the lining of the large intestine and rectum. It commonly causes abdominal pain (or stomach pain), diarrhea, and other symptoms (like rectal bleeding or extreme urgency to have a bowel movement). At this time, the causes of ulcerative colitis are not fully understood. Although ulcerative colitis complications can be quite severe, there is only one ulcerative colitis cure -- surgery. Other than surgery (see Ulcerative Colitis Surgery), ulcerative colitis treatment options can include the following:
Dipentum is approved for use in people whose ulcerative colitis is in remission, and who cannot take sulfasalazine (Azulfidine®, Azulfidine EN-tabs®) due to side effects or other concerns. Dipentum is used to prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from returning in these people.

Dipentum Drug Information

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