Colazal (Balsalazide) Customer Reviews


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Balsalazide is indicated for the treatment of ulcerative colitis, a pathological condition characterized by inflammation and the formation of sores in the mucous lining of the colon and rectum. This medication is suitable for both adult patients and children aged 5 years and above.

Balsalazide functions as an anti-inflammatory agent within the body. Following its conversion to mesalamine, it effectively diminishes intestinal inflammation, alleviates symptoms such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and abdominal discomfort.

Uses and Dosage

Balsalazide is administered orally in the form of capsules. The typical dosage regimen involves taking it three times a day. Strictly follow the prescribed dosage of balsalazide, avoiding both excessive and insufficient intake, as well as refraining from deviating from the recommended frequency of administration as instructed by your doctor.

Normally, balsalazide is taken for a duration of 8 weeks, with the possibility of extending the treatment period up to 12 weeks.

Continue taking balsalazide even if you start to feel better, do not discontinue its use without consulting your doctor.

The capsules should be swallowed whole, without splitting, chewing, or crushing them. In cases where swallowing the capsules is challenging or when administering the medication to a child, an alternative method involves opening the capsules and dispersing the contents over 2 teaspoonfuls (approximately 10 mL) of applesauce. Consume the mixture immediately and swallow it, or if necessary, chew the mixture.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • headache
  • abdominal pain
  • upset stomach
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • joint or muscle pain
  • difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • tiredness
  • gas
  • runny nose
  • coughing
  • loss of appetite
  • constipation
  • dry mouth

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • rash, hives, itching or peeling or blistering skin
  • swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, mouth, or throat
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • extreme tiredness
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • pain in the right upper part of the stomach
  • pale stools
  • difficult or painful urination or cloudy, discolored or bloody urine
  • back pain
  • bloating or swelling of the stomach
  • increased diarrhea
  • rectal bleeding
  • fever, sore throat, or flu-like symptoms


Prior to initiating balsalazide therapy, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any known allergies to balsalazide, other aminosalicylates, salicylates, sulfasalazine, or any other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications.

Before using this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a specific stomach or intestinal condition (pyloric stenosis), liver disease, or kidney disease.

This medication can increase sensitivity to sunlight, particularly in individuals with pre-existing skin conditions. Limit sun exposure, avoid tanning booths and sunlamps, and employ sunscreens and protective clothing while outdoors. Promptly inform your doctor if you experience sunburn or develop skin blisters/redness.

Prior to undergoing any surgical procedures, inform your doctor or dentist about all the medications you are using, including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products.

This medication contains sodium. If you are following a salt-restricted diet or have a condition that could worsen with increased salt intake (such as heart failure), it is recommended to consult your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication shares similarities with aspirin. Children and teenagers under the age of 18 should avoid taking aspirin if they have chickenpox, flu, an undiagnosed illness, or if they have recently received a vaccine. In these cases, the use of aspirin increases the risk of developing Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

During pregnancy, this medication should only be used if clearly necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

This medication may pass into breast milk. Prior to breastfeeding, consult with your doctor.

Form and Strength

Colazal is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Colazal capsule:

    • 750mg
  • balsalazide capsule:

    • 750mg


How quickly does Colazal work?

If taken as prescribed, this medication can work as quickly as 2 to 4 weeks.

Does Colazal weaken my immune system?

No, Colazal is not an immunosuppressant medication, so it’s not going to weaken your immune system.



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