What are Generics?
Generic drugs marketed without brand names contain the exact same active ingredients used in their brand-name counterparts, but cost significantly less. The drugs are required to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.
Generic Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is one of Pfizer's best-selling drugs mainly prescribed to treat bowl diseases & countless off-label uses. Generic Azulfidine is a cost-saving medication prescribed by medical physicians worldwide. Generic Azulfidine affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea.
Generic Azulfidine is also marketed as Salazopyrin, Sulazine, and Sulfasalazine.
*Azulfidine® is manufactured by Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group.
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Generic Azulfidine is used to treat a certain type of bowel disease called ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease. This medication does not cure this condition, but it helps decrease symptoms such as fever, stomach pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. After an attack is treated, it is also used to increase the amount of time between attacks. This medication works by reducing irritation and swelling in the large intestines.
It is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis in children and adults who have received other arthritis medications without successful treatment of symptoms. It helps to reduce joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
How to take
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medication after a meal.
Swallow the pill whole.
If you are treating arthritis, do not stop using any of your other arthritis medications until your doctor tells you to.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Generic Azulfidine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- fever, sore throat, or other flu symptoms;
- pale skin, easy bruising;
- dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- pain or burning when you urinate;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- the appearance of a whole tablet in your stool; or
- fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach;
- loss of appetite;
- headache, ringing in your ears;
- dizziness, spinning sensation;
- white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
- sleep problems (insomnia); or
- mild itching or skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using Generic Azulfidine.
Generic Azulfidine may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Generic Azulfidine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Generic Azulfidine may discolor the urine or skin an orange-yellow color. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
Before taking Generic Azulfidine, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin);
- folic acid (Folicin, FA-8); or
- vitamin or mineral supplements that contain folic acid.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Generic Azulfidine.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Store Generic Azulfidine in a cool, dry place away from heat and moisture. Dispose of any unused medication past the point of expiry. Keep out of reach of children and pets.