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If you have sulfasalazine side effects, tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
loss of appetite
If you have any of the following symptoms, stop taking sulfasalazine and call your doctor immediately:
joint or muscle aches
pale or yellow skin
unusual bleeding or bruising
Sulfasalazine (brand name Azulfidine) is a sulfa drug, a derivative of Mesalazine, used primarily as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease as well as for rheumatoid arthritis. It may be abbeviated SSZ. It is not a pain killer.
It has been found to reverse the scarring associated with cirrhosis of the liver. Apparently, cells called myofibroblasts, that cause scar tissue to form in a diseased liver, also give off proteins that prevent the breakdown of the scar tissue. Sulfasalazine appears to retard the secretion of these proteins.