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What we now about Olsalazine

Brand Name(s): Dipentum

Generic Name Olsalazine

What are olsalazine capsules?

OLSALAZINE (Dipentum®) is an antiinflammatory agent. It reduces inflammation inside the bowel and pain associated with ulcerative colitis and helps to prevent recurring inflammation. Generic olsalazine capsules are not yet available.

What should my health care professional know before I take olsalazine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • kidney disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to olsalazine, aspirin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?

Take olsalazine capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the capsules whole with a drink of water. If olsalazine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with olsalazine?

  • digoxin

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking olsalazine?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing, wheezing
  • fever, chills, sore throat
  • skin rash or itching
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual weakness or tiredness
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach pain or cramps

What should I watch for while taking olsalazine?

Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to improve after several days. There is usually an improvement in 3 to 21 days. You may need about 6 weeks of treatment to get good results. It is important that you go on taking your medicine and only stop taking it on your prescriber's advice.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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