Sulfasalazine for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
What To Think About
Positive effects from sulfasalazine treatment can take 1 to 3 months to become apparent, which is faster than some other second-line medicines.Reference 2
Sulfasalazine is considered safer, but is generally less effective, than methotrexate. A child who can't take or hasn't responded to first-line NSAID treatment or to methotrexate may be given sulfasalazine.
Your doctor may recommend a Reference complete blood count Opens New Window (CBC) every 6 to 12 months when using sulfasalazine.
Your child may be sensitive to sunlight while taking sulfasalazine. Have your child use sunscreen and wear sunglasses.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. If your child takes medicine as your doctor suggests, it will improve your child's health and may prevent future problems. If your child doesn't take the medicines properly, his or her health (and perhaps life) may be at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Reference Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics