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Precautions and Warnings With Balsalazide

Understanding precautions and warnings with balsalazide can help ensure a safe treatment process. Women who are pregnant or nursing should talk with their healthcare providers before taking the drug. Precautions and warnings with balsalazide also extend to people who have kidney disease (including renal failure), pyloric stenosis, and certain allergies. As a final precaution, make sure to tell your healthcare provider if your ulcerative colitis symptoms become worse when you first start taking the drug.

Balsalazide: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking balsalazide disodium (Colazal®) if you have:
  • Pyloric stenosis (a narrowing of the outlet of the stomach)
  • Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Balsalazide

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking balsalazide include:
  • The medication may be less effective in people with pyloric stenosis. This condition may delay the release of balsalazide into the colon (where it is effective).
  • Balsalazide may cause a worsening of ulcerative colitis in some people. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if your ulcerative colitis symptoms become worse when you start taking the drug.
  • Balsalazide may cause kidney damage. Your healthcare provider should check your kidney function (using a blood test) before you start the medication and periodically thereafter. You should not take balsalazide if you have kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure).
  • Balsalazide is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for pregnant women, though the full risks of taking the medicine during pregnancy are not known. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug while pregnant (see Colazal and Pregnancy).
  • It is not known if balsalazide passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider before taking the drug (see Colazal and Breastfeeding).
  • Balsalazide can interact with certain other medications (see Drug Interactions With Balsalazide).

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