Dipentum

Controlling symptoms of ulcerative colitis in patients who cannot take sulfasalazine.

Dipentum is a salicylate. It works by reducing inflammation of the colon by possibly preventing the production of substances that cause this inflammation.

Do not use Dipentum if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Dipentum
  • you are allergic to aspirin or medications similar to aspirin (eg, salicylates)
  • you have received the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine within the past 6 weeks

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Dipentum:

Some medical conditions may interact with Dipentum. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney or liver problems, asthma, or severe allergies
  • if you have or recently had a viral infection (eg, flu, chickenpox)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Dipentum. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

Thiopurines (eg, azathioprine, mercaptopurine, thioguanine) because the risk of bone marrow toxicity may be increased

Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or heparin because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Dipentum

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Dipentum may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Dipentum:

Use Dipentum as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Dipentum by mouth with food.
  • Take Dipentum in evenly divided doses.

Continue taking Dipentum for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.

If you miss a dose of Dipentum, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once. If more than one dose is missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Dipentum.

Important safety information:

Dipentum may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Dipentum with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.

If diarrhea occurs while taking Dipentum, contact your health care provider.

If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen after you start using Dipentum, check with your doctor.

Salicylates have been linked to a serious illness called Reye syndrome. Check with your doctor before you give Dipentum to a child or teenager who has the flu, chickenpox, or a viral infection, or has recently had such an illness. Contact your doctor with any questions or concerns.

Dipentum should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.

PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Dipentum while you are pregnant. Dipentum is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Dipentum.

Possible side effects of Dipentum:

  • Back or stomach pain (severe)
  • bloody diarrhea
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • nausea or vomiting
  • skin rash
  • swelling of the stomach
  • yellow eyes or skin
  • Abdominal or stomach pain or upset
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • Aching joints and muscles
  • acne
  • anxiety or depression
  • dizziness or drowsiness
  • headache
  • trouble in sleeping

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