Dipentum (Olsalazine Sodium)

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What is Dipentum (Olsalazine Sodium) prescribed for?

Ulcerative colitis is a form of imflammatory bowel disease, and Diptentum is used to treat the disease. In doing so it may decrease the symptoms of this disease, such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding which would be caused by the irritation and swelling of the rectum. After an attack, this medication is used to spread out the time in between the attacks. This medication is believed to work by blocking out the production of natural substances that cause the pain and swelling.

This medication comes in a singular strength of 250mg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, usually twice a day, every 12 hours. Or as directed by your doctor.  You may take this medication with meals to prevent yourself from getting an upset stomach.  Remember that the dosage given to you is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.  And that you must use this medication on a regular basis to gain the most benefit.

Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Olsalazine Sodium; or to aspirin or related drugs (salicylates such as mesalamine, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, balsalazide, sulfasalazine); or if you have any other allergies in general.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma, growths in the nose (nasal polyps), kidney problems, liver problems, radiation treatment in the pelvic area.

This medication may cause some stomach bleeding. Therefore, it is best not to consume alcohol while on this medication.  And keep in mind that the risk of stomach bleeding is heightened if you have had to combine this medication with others.

This medication 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.

Headache, nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if diarrhea occurs. Your doctor may need to lower your dose or prescribe another medication to treat the diarrhea.

There is some serious side effects to this medication, and if you are encountering any of them, notify your doctor right away. These side effects are listed below; severe stomach/abdominal pain, pale stools, unusual tiredness, persistent nausea/vomiting, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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