Sulfasalazine does awful things to my GI tract, and I was very happy when my rheumy said I could discontinue it. After five weeks, I started getting achy again, and it’s gotten progressively worse this past week. This morning I was told to resume the ssz.
SSZ is a drug that is prescribed to people for the treatment of ulcerative colitis , which I thankfully don’t have. Nor do I have the diarrhea that is part of that disease. Those of us without that problem run (no pun intended) into other difficulties when taking this med. Apparently I have to choose: I can either walk easily or poop easily.
Sorry if that’s TMI, but I really hate this drug, and it’s not just because it’s an extra 42 pills a week that I have to swallow. In the spirit of helping others with RA – maybe ask your doctor how to handle any adverse side effects that you might experience.
In looking for the bright side – there always is at least one – I’ve written about the side effects of this med so many times that I can now spell words that have always given me difficulty.