Balsalazide (Colazal) Capsule is for the treatment of certain bowel disease or ulcerative colitis. This medicine helps to lessen its’ symptoms such as rectal bleeding, diarrhea, and stomach pain. The majority of this medication is released in the colon, where it can reduce the inflammation. This is approved for use in patients over the age of 5 years.
How do Balsalazide (Colazal) Capsules work?
Balsalazide (Colazal) is an anti-inflammatory medication that is released in the large intestine. It is where the drug works topically to lessen the inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. This is a derivative of 5-aminosalicylic-acid (5-ASA), which is a class of drug that has been used to treat ulcerative colitis for many years. This is a next-generation of the 5-ASA drugs. This is also designed to be released straight in the colon, where it needs to do the work to lessen inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis.
Why use Balsalazide (Colazal) Capsules?
Balsalazide (Colazal) Capsule belongs to the class of medications known as aminosalicylates. This is odorless orange to yellow microcrystalline powder. It is sparingly soluble in methanol, freely soluble in isotonic saline, water, and ethanol. This has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Balsalazide (Colazal) Capsules?
The usual dose of Balsalazide (Colazal) Capsule in patients aged 5-17 years is either:
- One 750mg capsules 3 times a day (2.25g per day) for at least 8 weeks
- Three of 750mg capsules 3 times a day (6.75g per day) for 8 weeks
Take this medication by mouth with or without food. If you have the difficulty in swallowing the capsules, you may open them and sprinkle the substances onto a spoonful of applesauce or water. Swallow the mixture right away. Use this regularly or as directed by your doctor.
What are the side-effects of Balsalazide (Colazal) Capsules?
- Rectal bleeding
- Bloody urine
- Joint pain
- Sore throat, runny nose, or cold symptoms
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Unusual or extreme tiredness
If these side effects continue or get worse, call for medical help right away.
Warnings and Precautions
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first before using this.
- To make sure that this is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease.
- This should not be given to a child younger than 5 years old.
- If you are on a low salt diet, talk to your doctor first. This drug may contain sodium.