Sulfasalazine Delayed Release Dosing

Dose of Sulfasalazine Delayed-Release for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The recommended dose for rheumatoid arthritis is sulfasalazine delayed-release 1000 mg twice daily, although it is recommended to start at a lower dose and slowly increase it. Your healthcare provider will tell you how often to take the medication and how to increase the dosage of sulfasalazine delayed-release.
 

Sulfasalazine Delayed-Release Dosage for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

For juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children age six and up, the recommended dose is 30 mg to 50 mg per kg (about 13 mg to 23 mg per pound) per day, split up into two doses. Your healthcare provider should start your child with a lower sulfasalazine delayed-release dose and slowly increase it up to the recommended amount.
 

General Information on Your Sulfasalazine Delayed-Release Dose

Considerations for people taking sulfasalazine delayed-release include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth, usually two to six times per day.
     
  • Sulfasalazine delayed-release can be taken with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • Do not crush, chew, or break the medication, as this will destroy the special coating.
     
  • Sulfasalazine delayed-release should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
     
  • For sulfasalazine delayed-release to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dose of sulfasalazine delayed-release, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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