I have been on sulfasalazine since May of this year. First, I have absolutely zero side effects for the pills themselves. I am seriously in love with them. They are miracle workers! They also began working for me in only a few days and by two weeks I was in full remission. Also, I used to be anemic and now my iron levels are normal and I only take a regular multi-v a day. I used to take separate iron pills.
I do still have joint paint and fatigue. My doctor tried to up my dosage of the sulfasalazine for a while and though it fixed the joint pain, my body couldn't handle the high dosage, I started getting massive headaches and stomach aches and my UC symptoms came back, so I had to go back down to the dose that controls my UC but does nothing for the joint pain and tiredness I feel.
Hope that helps your questions.
27 years old, Female, NYC
Diagnosed with severe UC on May 13, 2008 (though I'd apparently had it for years)
500 MG Sulfasalazine two pills x3 a day
Daily Multi-V, Folic Acid