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What is sulfasalazine?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine) is a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) that helps reduce inflammation and affects the immune system. It is taken as daily tablets for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Sulfasalazine may be given to people who can't take methotrexate due to side effects or a lack of improvement. It is often used as a second DMARD for people who already take methotrexate or hydroxychloroquine, or a third DMARD for people who already take methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine.

It is sometimes used for treating psoriatic arthritis, but is not FDA approved for this use. 

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