UCB | Dipentum (Medication)
Dipentum/olsalazine is used to treat the bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. Olsalazine is a salicylate anti-inflammatory drug and works by blocking substances in the body that cause inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea. This medication does not cure ulcerative colitis, but it may decrease symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding caused by irritation or swelling of the colon and rectum.
Take this medication by mouth, usually twice a day, with food or after meals, or as directed by your doctor….
Dipentum: Side Effects
Like with any medicine, side effects may occur. Mild stomach discomfort; nausea, heartburn; skin rash, itching; headache; muscle or joint pain; or urinating more often than usual can appear while your body accommodates with this drug. But,if any of these persist or worsen, call your doctor.
More serious side effects include: an allergic reaction – rash, itching, difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, or hives; worsening colitis (fever, stomach pain, cramping, or bloody diarrhea); chest pain, shortness of breath, fast or pounding heartbeats; or stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice. If you notice any of these seek medical help immediately….
Before using this medicine inform your doctor if you have any allergies, if you are using other medicine and if you have or ever have had any of the following conditions: asthma, nasal polyps, kidney problems, liver problems, or radiation treatment in the pelvic area.
Because Dipentum can cause stomach bleeding, limit your alcohol beverages. During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor’s advice….