Anti-inflammatory drugs are often the first drugs to be prescribed for Crohn’s Disease. Other than sulfasalazine, most of the anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat the condition belong to the same family of medications: the 5-ASA drug group. All members of this group contain mesalamine, and are related to the salicylates, a group of drugs of which aspirin is a member.
Before anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed, inform your doctor if
-you have allergies to sulfa drugs, mesalamine, aspirin or other salicylates
-you are, or plan to become, pregnant
-you have a history of asthma, blood problems, liver disease, kidney problems, or intestinal blockage
-you are taking any prescription or nonprescription drugs or supplements.
Sulfasalazine. Sulfasalazine is likely to be the first of the anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed. People with sensitivity to it may find that one of the other mesalamine-based medications works better. Sulfasalazine comes in both regular and time-released tablets, and is best taken with meals. Drink plenty of liquids while taking sulfasalazine.
See your doctor immediately if you experience:
-skin rashes or other skin problems
-a sore throat and/or fever
-abnormal bleeding or bruising
-yellow or pale skin.
Common sulfasalzine side effects
Alert your doctor immediately if you experience:
Common 5-ASA drug side effects