- Rheumatoid arthritis & Juvenile arthritis: In the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and pediatiric patients with polyarticular-course juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, who have responded inadequately to salicylates or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease: As adjunct in the treatment of ulcerative colitis with the usual supportive and dietary measures. In the treatment of active Crohn’s disease, especially in patients with colonic involvement.
Dosage & Administration
Adult dose for crohn’s disease: 500 mg orally 2 to 4 times a day with food.
Pediatric use (6 years or older) for Ulcerative Colitis: The initial dose 40 to 60 mg/kg/day orally divided into 3 to 6 doses.
Adult dose for rheumatoid arthritis: 2 g daily in two evenly divided doses. It is advisable to initiate therapy with a lower dosage e.g. 0.5 to 1.0 g daily, to reduce possible gastrointestinal intolerance. A suggested dosing schedule is given bellow:
- First week: One tablet in the evening
- Second week: One tablet in the morning & One tablet in the evening
- Third week: One tablet in the morning & two tablet in the evening
- Forth week: Two tablet in the morning & two tablet in the evening
In case of rheumatoid arthritis 6 years or older: initial dose 10 mg/kg/day orally in 2 equally divided doses.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis-polyarticular course: Children 6 years of age and older: 30 to 50 mg/kg/day in two evenly divided doses. Typically the maximum dose is 2 g per day.
For other indications:
- Adults: 3 to 4 g daily in divided doses with dosage intervals not exceeding eight hours. It may be advisable to initiate therapy with a lower dosage e.g. 1 to 2 g daily to reduce possible gastrointestinal intolerance.
- Children 6 years of age and older: 40 to 60 mg/kg/day in to 3 to 6 divided doses.
- Adults: 2 g daily.
- Children 6 years of age and older: 30 mg/kg/day in 4 divided doses.
Pregnancy & Lactation
Use in lactation: Caution should be exercised when sulfasalazine is administered to a nursing mother.