Colazal

Generic Name: Balsalazide

  • What is Colazal?

    Colazal is used to treat mild to moderate chronic inflammation and ulceration of the lower intestine (ulcerative colitis).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Colazal?

    If your symptoms do not get better, of if they get worse, contact your doctor.

  • Who should not take Colazal?

    Do not take Colazal if you are allergic to the drug or any of its components, or if you are allergic to salicylates such as aspirin or mesalamine.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Colazal?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Colazal. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney disease, a history of kidney problems, intestinal problems, or pyloric stenosis (a narrowing of the muscle that controls the emptying of the stomach).

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is three 750-milligram (mg) capsules taken three times a day for 8-12 weeks.

    Children 5-17 years: The usual dose is three 750-mg capsules taken three times a day for up to 8 weeks OR one 750-mg capsule three times a day for up to 8 weeks. Use of Colazal in children for more than 8 weeks has not been evaluated.

  • How should I take Colazal?

    Colazal can be taken by mouth, with or without food.

    If you cannot swallow the capsule whole, you may open it and sprinkle the contents over a spoonful of applesauce. Mix the medicine with the applesauce and swallow the mixture right away, followed by a glass of water. If necessary, you may crush or chew the medicine before swallowing. Do not store the mixture for future use. Teeth and/or tongue staining may occur in some patients who sprinkle Colazal in their food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Colazal?

    Do not take more than the recommended dose or use Colazal for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Colazal?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Colazal. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Colazal?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, respiratory infection, joint pain

  • Can I receive Colazal if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Colazal during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Colazal?

    If you miss a dose of Colazal, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Colazal?

    Store at room temperature.

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