Side Effects of Olsalazine
If they occur, side effects of olsalazine are typically minor and easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. A few of the most commonly reported side effects include diarrhea, abdominal pain (or stomach pain), nausea, and headaches. Some olsalazine side effects, however, are potentially serious and may require prompt medical attention. Among these more serious side effects are worsening of ulcerative colitis symptoms and signs of an allergic reaction.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with olsalazine sodium (Dipentum®); however, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with olsalazine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of olsalazine side effects with you.)
Olsalazine has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, some of the most common olsalazine side effects included:
- Diarrhea -- in up to 11.1 percent of people
- Cramps or abdominal pain (or stomach pain) -- up to 10.1 percent
- Nausea -- up to 5 percent
- Headaches -- up to 5 percent
- Arthritis -- up to 4 percent.
Some other common side effects (occurring in 1 percent to 2 percent of people) included:
- Canker sores
- Vertigo (a spinning sensation) or dizziness
- Upper respiratory infections (such as the common cold).