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Precautions and Warnings With Olsalazine

There are a number of precautions and warnings with olsalazine to be aware of prior to taking the drug. For example, people with kidney disease or certain allergies may not be prescribed the medication. Precautions and warnings with olsalazine also extend to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, it is important to tell your healthcare provider right away if your symptoms of ulcerative colitis become worse during treatment with olsalazine.

Olsalazine: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking olsalazine sodium (Dipentum®) if you have:
  • 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 Olsalazine

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking olsalazine include:
  • The medication may cause a worsening of ulcerative colitis. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if your ulcerative colitis symptoms become worse when you start taking the drug.
  • Olsalazine may cause kidney damage. Your healthcare provider should check your kidney function (using a blood test) before you start the medication and again periodically thereafter. You should not take olsalazine if you have kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure).
  • Olsalazine is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for pregnant women, though the full risks of taking this medicine during pregnancy are not known. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug during pregnancy (see Dipentum and Pregnancy).
  • It is not known if olsalazine 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 Dipentum and Breastfeeding).
  • Olsalazine can interact with certain other medications (see Drug Interactions With Olsalazine).

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