Azulfidine for Ulcerated Colits

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   Posted 8/1/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I just started Azulfidine (2 yellow tabs 2 times a day) I'm 5'7 115lbs and I get shaky, cold, little nausous but I can still eat and have a slight headache are these normal side effects? Is this a high dose I'm taking? I've been taking it for 3 days and I'm noticing an improvement in my blood from the UC, but the side effects are bugging me. Will they eventually go away in a couple of weeks when my body gets use to it?
Thanks for responding.
Colonoscopy & Endoscopy 7/27, Left sided colitis and near cecum (mild)
Stopped Colozal 10/1/07 was on it for 7 weeks, side effects
Working with new doctor getting stool, urine and blood tests, waiting for results. starting back with ASACOL  6/1/08

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   Posted 8/1/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
From MedicineNet.con:
"Gastrointestinal disturbances frequently occur in patients taking sulfasalazine. Nausea, vomiting, gastric distress, and anorexia (loss of appetite) occur in about 1 of every 3 patients receiving the drug. Dizziness can occur during sulfasalazine therapy but does not require medical attention unless it is persistent. "

Regarding your dosage - since you didn't specify the number of milligrams of each tab, I'll let you figure out if your dose is high or not:
"Doses range from 500mg to 2000mg, and dosing intervals range from every 6 hours to every 12 hours, depending on the clinical condition of the patient. Higher doses have also been used. Sulfasalazine should be taken with a full glass of water after meals or with food to minimize stomach upset. "
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