Salazopyrin EN (also called Azulfidine EN), is an aminosalicylate, the primary anti-inflammatory medication prescribed to treat Crohn’s disease. This is a long-term inflammatory bowel disease that mainly affects your gastrointestinal tract, causing cramps, fatigue, blood in your stool, decreased appetite, and diarrhea as the most common symptom.
Crohn’s disease is still somewhat of a mystery as to what causes it, but factors such as heredity, smoking, and an over-active immune system seem to play a role. Salazopyrin EN or generic Sulfasalazine Delayed Release is not a cure for Crohn’s disease, but it can help you attain some relief from its symptoms so you can carry on with your day. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Salazopyrin EN has a coating that delays its release until it has passed through your stomach and into your intestine. When taken as directed, the active ingredient is released by bacterial enzymes in your colon that break the molecules apart and disperse the medication onto the mucosal lining of your colon. Salazopyrin EN suppresses your immune system to reduce the amount of inflammatory chemicals your body makes as a reaction to the disease. Salazopyrin EN is also prescribed for those with ulcerative colitis to reduce the inflammation.
If you are experiencing the inflammatory joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis, talk to your doctor about Salazopyrin EN. Although there is no cure for this progressive autoimmune disease , the active ingredient, Sulfasalazine, works as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) to help reduce the inflammation as well as the joint damage.
If you are diagnosed early enough with rheumatoid arthritis, you can enjoy an improved quality of life which may not be possible if treatment is delayed and damage to the joints progresses. While not much is known as to what triggers your immune system to go haywire and start attacking your own tissues, Salazopyrin EN can reduce the effects of your body’s immune response.
If you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding, ask your doctor about any risks of taking Salazopyrin EN. To determine if Salazopyrin EN is the right drug for your situation, tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx you currently take, including herbal remedies or dietary and vitamin supplements.
It may take a few weeks before you begin to notice the beneficial effects of Salazopyrin EN, so be patient. Do not cut, crush, or break a Salazopyrin EN tablet before you take it or the medication will be released sooner than planned and will not have the delayed effect; swallow whole with a glass of water. Keep all medications out of children’s reach and never share any of your meds with anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms.