Why has my veterinarian prescribed Sulfasalazine Tablets?
Sulfasalazine is prescribed to treat inflammatory bowel disease in dogs and cats. This medicine works inside the bowel by helping to reduce inflammation and other symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
How do I give Sulfasalazine Tablets?
First, READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
Give Sulfasalazine to your pet as directed by your veterinarian.
Give this medication to your pet for as long as prescribed by your veterinarian, even if your pet seems to be feeling better. This will help to ensure the infection is completely cleared up.
DO NOT give your pet more medicine than directed.
DO NOT give your pet medicine more often than prescribed.
Try not to miss giving any doses.
If I miss a dose, what do I do?
If you miss a dose, give it to your pet as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, then continue with the regular dosing schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
How do I store Sulfasalazine Tablets?
Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
Store capsules and tablets at room temperature in a dry, cool place. Keep this medicine away from heat and direct sunlight.
Do not store this medicine in damp places, in the bathroom, or near the kitchen sink. This medication can break down when exposed to moisture or heat.
The liquid form of Sulfasalazine should preferably be stored in the refrigerator. Keep the liquid medicine from freezing and throw away any unused liquid after 14 days.
What are the potential side effects of Sulfasalazine Tablets?
Sulfasalazine may cause your pet to experience vomiting, loss of appetite, inflammation of the eye, fever, decreased sperm counts, and allergic skin inflammation.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet develops a dry cornea, or appears to have itchy eyes, because these are symptoms of a condition called dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS).
Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
What about possible drug interactions?
Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any other medications or supplements you are giving your pet.
It’s not uncommon for your veterinarian to prescribe two different medications, which may cause a drug interaction to occur. If this happens, your veterinarian may change the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
Sulfasalazine may interact with the following medicines: methotrexate, warfarin phenylbutazone, thiazide diuretics, salicylates, probenecid, phenytoin, antacids, folic acid, digoxin, ferrous sulfate, or other iron salts.
Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
You can find a Client Information Sheet which provides a summary of information about Sulfasalazine Tablets for Pets by following the link below:
If you have questions or concerns about Sulfasalazine Tablets, or conditions related to its use, contact your pet's veterinarian or pharmacist.
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