Dipentum (Olsalazine Sodium) is indicated for the treatment of certain bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. It is a disease that affects your large intestine or colon. It causes irritation and swelling called inflammation. This drug may decrease symptoms such as:
- Stomach pain
- Rectal bleeding caused by swelling/irritation of the colon/rectum
After an attack is treated, this medication is used to increase the amount of time between attacks.
How does Dipentum (Olsalazine Sodium) work?
Dipentum (Olsalazine Sodium) works by blocking the production of certain natural substances that may cause pain and swelling.
This medication is made up of two molecules of medicine called mesalazine. When this drug reaches the large intestine, the bacteria found there cause it to split into the molecules of mesalazine. The mesalazine lessens the inflammation in the intestine, which in turn decreases the symptoms of the disease.
Why use Dipentum (Olsalazine Sodium)?
Dipentum (Olsalazine Sodium) is a salicylate anti-inflammatory drug. This medicine is supplied in hard gelatin capsules for oral administration. This is available as 250mg that contains Olsalazine Sodium. It is a yellow crystalline powder. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How to use Dipentum (Olsalazine Sodium)?
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response.
This is usually taken twice a day about 12 hours apart. It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Take it with food or after a meal to prevent stomach upset. Use this medication regularly or exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not double the prescribed dosage.
What are the side-effects of Dipentum (Olsalazine Sodium)?
- Mild stomach discomfort
- Itching or skin rash
- Muscle or joint pain
- Urinating more often than usual
Stop taking this medication and call your doctor right away if these happen:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Dark urine
- Dark-colored stools
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you have any medical history, current treatments or any allergies.
- Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- You should not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- Do not change the dosage or dosing schedule without consulting your doctor first.
- This medication is similar to aspirin. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin or aspirin-related medications especially if they have chickenpox or flu.
- Keep this away from heat or moisture to avoid some contaminations.