Malkavian....actually, 5-ASA is a salicylate, not derived from or related to sulfur at all. In sulfasalazine, the 5ASA is coupled with or connected to a sulfur molecule which in turn becomes its vehicle so that the 5ASA can go through the digestive tract till it's dispursed freely into the colon.
So, if one is sensitive to aspirin or any salicylates, any of the 5ASA meds including sulfasalazine could cause a reaction.
Some people are sulfa sensitive and can use the 5ASA meds, but may find reactions to the enemas or suppositories because of the metabisulfates.
Just clearing that part up.
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!