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Dipentum

Generic Name: Olsalazine [ole-SAL-a-zeen].
Class of Drugs: 5-aminosalicylates.

What is Dipentum?

Dipentum is a treatment for ulcerative colitis in adults. Dipentum can also be employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline.

Side effects of Dipentum

Seek medical attention immediately when you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction (hives, breathing difficulties, or swelling of your throat or face) or an intense skin reaction (fever, sore throat, eye burning, irritation, and a red or purple skin eruption with peeling and blisters). Stop taking Dipentum and seek medical assistance when you experience a serious reaction to a drug that affects various parts of your body. Symptoms may include an itch or fever, swollen glands, muscle pains, extreme weakness, unusual bleeding, or an increase in the color of your eyes or skin.

Dipentum may cause serious side effects. Stop using it and consult your doctor immediately in the event that you experience:

  • The severity of colitis is getting worse (fever, stomach cramps, stomach pain, and the appearance of bloody vomiting).

Make sure to contact your doctor at any time if you suffer from:

  • Severe or ongoing diarrhea.
  • Discomfort in the chest; shortness of breath; chest pain; rapid or rapid heartbeats.
  • Low blood cell counts: fever, chills, fatigue, skin sores, mouth sores, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, pale skin, cold feet and hands, and feeling lightheaded.
  • Liver problems: loss of appetite; nausea; gastric discomfort (upper right); itching; dark urine; the color of the stools is clay; jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin).
  • Kidney problems: swelling, less urination, and feeling tired.
  • Symptoms of kidney stones: pain in your lower back and the presence of blood within your urine. pain or difficult urine flow.

Common adverse effects of Dipentum could include:

  • Diarrhea, stomach pain.
  • Rash, itching.

This isn't an exhaustive list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Warnings

Follow the instructions on your prescription label and on the label of your package. Inform your health care providers about your medical ailments and allergies, as well as the medicines you are taking.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use Dipentum in the event that you are allergic to Dipentum mesalamine, balsalazide, or sulfasalazine or to salicylates, such as the aspirin drug, Novasal Doan's Extra Strength Salflex Tricosal, and many others. The treatment you receive with Dipentum might delay your treatment if you've taken a chickenpox vaccine (varicella, Varivax) in the last 6 weeks. Speak to your doctor if you are ever diagnosed with:

  • The liver condition.
  • Kidney disease.
  • An atopic skin condition like eczema or atopic dermatitis.

It isn't known if this medication will cause harm to a baby who is not yet born. Consult your physician if you are expecting or planning to become pregnant. Breastfeeding is not advised when using Dipentum.

How to take Dipentum?

Follow all instructions on the prescription label and review all medication guides and instruction sheets. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed. It is typically taken at least twice a day. Make sure to take the medicine with food. Drink plenty of fluids when you take Dipentum to ensure that your kidneys are functioning correctly. The medicine may affect the results of certain tests. Be sure to inform any doctor treating you that you're taking Dipentum. Contact your doctor if ulcerative colitis symptoms are getting worse or if you also suffer from a fever, headache, or itch. Keep Dipentum at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the medication as quickly as you can. However, do not take any missed doses if it's close to the time of the next dose. Don't take two doses at a time.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, rapid breathing, ringing in your ears, headache, dizziness, confusion, and seizures.

What should be avoided?

If you suffer from skin conditions like eczema, dipentum could make you sunburn more quickly. Avoid tanning beds or sunlight. Be sure to wear protective attire and sun protection (SPF 30 or more) whenever you're outside.

Interaction with other drugs

Dipentum can cause kidney damage, especially if you take certain medications for osteoporosis, cancer, infections, organ transplant rejection, intestinal problems, high blood pressure, arthritis, or pain (including Advil, Motrin, and Aleve). Discuss with your doctor any other medications you take, particularly:

  • Azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine.
  • Thioguanine.
  • A blood thinner—heparin, warfarin, coumadin, and Jantoven.

This list isn't exhaustive. Other medications can affect Dipentum, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some interactions with drugs are not listed here. are listed here.

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