Dipentum

Generic Name: Olsalazine

  • What is Dipentum?

    Dipentum is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat the symptoms of ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammation and ulceration of the large intestine and rectum). It is prescribed for people who cannot take sulfasalazine.

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

    Diarrhea is a likely side effect of Dipentum. If it occurs, contact your doctor.

    If you have kidney disease, Dipentum could cause further damage. You'll need regular checks on your kidney function. Patients with severe allergies and/or asthma, and those with liver dysfunction, should also be monitored carefully. Be sure to keep all regular appointments with your doctor.

  • Who should not take Dipentum?

    You should not use Dipentum if you are allergic to the drug, any of its components, or to salicylates such as aspirin.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with this drug. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have severe allergies or asthma; kidney, liver, or heart dysfunction; or other diseases.

  • 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 1 gram (g) per day, divided into two equal doses.

  • How should I take Dipentum?

    Take Dipentum with food, and in equally divided doses.

  • What should I avoid while taking Dipentum?

    Avoid receiving a varicella (chickenpox) vaccine within 6 weeks of taking Dipentum.

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

    If Dipentum is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Dipentum with warfarin, low molecular weight heparins, 6-mercaptopurine, thioguanine, or varicella vaccine.

    Dipentum and other salicylates should be discontinued before starting low molecular weight heparins.

  • What are the possible side effects of Dipentum?

    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: diarrhea or loose stools, abdominal pain, nausea, headache, indigestion, joint pain

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

    The effects of Dipentum in pregnancy have not been adequately studied. 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 Dipentum?

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

  • How should I store Dipentum?

    Store at room temperature.

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