Brand Names : Colazal
Before Using This Medicine
to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against
the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For
balsalazide, the following should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual
or allergic reaction to salicylates or balsalazide or mesalamine. Also tell
your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances,
such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy - Balsalazide has not been studied in pregnant women.
However, balsalazide has not been shown to cause birth defects or other problems
in animal studies.
Breast-feeding - It is not known if balsalazide passes into breast
milk. Although most medicines pass into breast milk in small amounts, many
of them may be used safely while breast-feeding. Mothers who are taking this
medicine and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their
Children - Studies on this medicine have been done only in
adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing the use of
balsalazide in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults - Many medicines have not been studied specifically
in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly
the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects
or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing the
use of balsalazide in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care
professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of balsalazide. Make sure you tell your doctor
if you have any other medical problems , especially:
Pyloric stenosis - Balsalazide capsules may take longer to reach
Kidney problems - Balsalazide should be used with caution.