Modified: March 25, 2022

Dear @[email protected],

Your healthcare team has discussed the following subject with you: Balsalazide. Brand names include Colazal and Giazo. Here is some additional information. Let us know if you have any questions regarding this information.

  • This medication belongs to a class of drugs called aminosalicylates, which are also known as 5-ASAs. It helps to reduce the irritation and swelling (inflammation) in the lining of the intestines.

  • If taken as prescribed, these medications can work as quickly as 2 to 4 weeks.

  • The benefit of taking this medication is that it is generally well tolerated and has not been associated with an increased risk for infection or cancer. However, in some cases, it may cause headache, nausea, abdominal pain and cramping, loss of appetite, vomiting, rash, fever, or diarrhea. It is rare that this medication causes injury to your pancreas or kidneys. However, those with kidney problems should not use this medication. Your healthcare provider will be monitoring your kidney function annually.

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