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Molecule Description

Balsalazide is a form of another medicine called mesalamine. It is available in ...
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    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action
    Dietary Restrictions

Uses of Balsalazide

Swelling of colon (Inflammation) Long-standing sores and swelling in intestine (Ulcerative colitis)

Contraindications of Balsalazide

When should one not use Balsalazide

  • Liver disorder
  • Kidney diseases
  • Any allergic reaction with Salicylate medicines or anti-inflammatory medicines
  • And in those who have suffered from allergic reactions earlier with Aspirin or any other pain reliever medicines

Side effects of Balsalazide

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Joint pain 
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Sleeping problems or sleeplessness
  • Poor appetite

Precautions and Warnings of Balsalazide



Can I take Balsalazide during pregnancy?
This medicine can be used during pregnancy only if advised by a physician.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Balsalazide while breastfeeding?
It is probably unsafe to use this medicine during breastfeeding due to lack of evidence.


Can I drive if I have consumed Balsalazide?
Usually, it does not affect your ability to drive.


Can I consume alcohol with Balsalazide?
No study found about interactions with alcohol.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have asthma, any blood disorders, kidney disorder, a confirmed liver disease, an active ulcer
  • You should inform your doctor regarding all the products you use (including prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines and herbal products)
  • Children shouldn't consume this medicine

Mode of Action of Balsalazide

How Does It Work?

This medicine works by reducing the production of selective chemicals (prostaglandins) that cause swelling in the intestines.

Interactions of Balsalazide

Interactions with other medicines

  • It is advised to avoid the intake of Balsalazide along with Salicylate medicines like Aspirin, NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, etc.
  • Drugs for diabetes (e.g., Repaglinide), Sulfonylureas (e.g., Glipizide), convulsions like Valproic Acid are contraindicated because Balsalazide may increase the risk of the medicine's side effects
  • Drugs for increased blood pressure like Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors like Enalapril, for gouty arthritis like Probenecid or Sulfinpyrazone, should not be taken along with Balsalazide becau...
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Interactions with food items

There has not been a report on the interaction of Balsalazide with food. Consult the doctor in case of any food interactions.

Dietary Restrictions of Balsalazide

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are on a medication of Balsalazide, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.

Dosage of Balsalazide


There is not much information about the symptoms of Balsalazide overdose. Seek immediate medical attention if you took an overdose of this medicine.

Missed a Dose

If you missed any dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose, and take the next dose at the scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine just be...
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my doctor before I start the medication for Balsalazide?

A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, mention to your doctor all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations, and nutritional supplements that you may be taking before you start this medication. Tell your doctor if you have allergy with any substance, food or medicine. Inform the doctor if you have any kidney issues or stomach problems like stenosis.

Q: When and how to consume the Balsalazide?

A: It can be swallowed whole with or without food. The contents of the capsule can be emptied and consumed immediately. You can also chew Balsalazide medicine. Color variation of inner materials may occur if you empty out the contents of the tablet.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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