Sulfasalazine DR Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need frequent blood and urine checks.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
Drink plenty of water while taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you see the tablet in your stools. Your body may not be absorbing the medicine.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Aching of joints
increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
skin rash or itching
Back, leg, or stomach pains
bluish color of the fingernails, lips, skin, palms, or nail beds
general body swelling
loss of appetite
troubled breathing with exertion
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Less common or rare
Aching of muscles
black, tarry stools
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
blood in the urine or stools
bluish fingernails, lips, or skin
difficulty with swallowing
general feeling of discomfort or illness
general tiredness and weakness
inflammation of the joints
muscle cramps or spasms
muscle pain or stiffness
painful or difficult urination
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
pinpoint red spots on the skin
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
redness, blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
swollen or painful glands
tightness in the chest
upper right abdominal or stomach pain
Incidence not known
Large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Abdominal or stomach pain or upset
Less common or rare
Discoloration of the skin or urine
hair loss or thinning of the hair
swelling or inflammation of the mouth
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.