Dipentum

Generic name: Olsalazine sodium.

Dipentum is a bowel anti-inflammatory. It works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, which may trigger pain. 

Quick Facts About Dipentum

Purpose

Used to treat the symptoms of ulcerative colitis — chronic inflammation and ulceration of the large intestine and rectum.

Dipentum Dosage

Take as prescribed by your doctor, even once you start to feel better. Should take with food.

  • Usual adult dose: 1 gram per day divided into 2 equal doses.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Dipentum Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no reports of Dipentum overdose. However, if you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: diarrhea, loose stools.

Other Dipentum side effects: abdominal pain/cramping, bloating, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, feeling of tiredness, headache, heartburn, increased blood in stool, indigestion, inflamed mucous lining in mouth, insomnia, joint pain, light-headedness, loss of appetite, nausea, rectal bleeding, skin itching, skin rash, sluggishness, upper respiratory infection, vertigo, vomiting. Rare side effect: hepatitis.

Interactions

Inform your doctor before combining Dipentum with warfarin (Coumadin).

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Not known if Dipentum appears in breast milk.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • Monitor kidney function if you have kidney disease; Dipentum may cause more damage.
  • Do not take if allergic to salicylates such as aspirin.
  • Contact your doctor if you experience diarrhea.

Note:

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