Colazaland/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Balsalazide Disodium
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
No generic is available for Colazal 750mg.
- Marketed as Colazide in United Kingdom
- Manufactured by Almirall Ltd
- Product of United Kingdom • Shipped from United Kingdom
- Prescription Required
No generic is available for Colazal 750mg.
Colazal Drug Information
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Colazal Drug Information
Balsalazide is used to treat a certain bowel disease (ulcerative colitis). It helps to reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain. Balsalazide belongs to a class of drugs known as aminosalicylates. It works by decreasing swelling in the colon.
How to Use Colazal
Take Colazal by mouth with or without food, usually 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. If you have trouble swallowing the capsules, you may open them and sprinkle the contents onto a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the food/medication mixture right away. Do not prepare a supply in advance. Dosage of Colazal is based on your age, medical condition, and response to therapy. Use Colazal regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. Inform your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve after several weeks.
Before taking balsalazide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other aminosalicylates (such as mesalamine, olsalazine); or to salicylates (e.g., aspirin, salsalate); or to sulfasalazine; or if you have any other allergies. Colazal may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Colazal, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,a certain stomach/intestinal condition (e.g., pyloric stenosis), liver disease, kidney disease. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Colazal contains sodium. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are on a salt-restricted diet or if you have a condition that could be worsened by an increase in salt intake (such as heart failure). Colazal is similar to aspirin. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin or aspirin-related medications (e.g., salicylates) if they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness, or if they have just been given a live virus vaccine (e.g., varicella vaccine), without first consulting a doctor about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness. During pregnancy, Colazal should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if Colazal passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Colazal, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Balsalazide is very similar to mesalamine. Do not use mesalamine medications taken by mouth while using balsalazide. Colazal may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including urine normetanephrine levels), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Colazal.
Colazal Side Effects
Headache, nausea, vomiting, joint pain, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, sore throat, trouble sleeping, or loss of appetite may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed Colazal because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Colazal do not have serious side effects. Infrequently, balsalazide can worsen ulcerative colitis. Tell your doctor right away if your symptoms worsen after starting Colazal (e.g., increased abdominal pain, rectal bleeding).signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, unusual/extreme tiredness, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, burning/painful urination, fast/pounding heartbeat. A very serious allergic reaction to Colazal is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.List of Colazal side effects
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Colazal when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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