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Salsalate

Why is this medication prescribed?

Salsalate is used to relieve mild pain, to reduce fever, and to reduce the pain and inflammation (swelling) caused by arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Salsalate comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take salsalate exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Children should not take salsalate for fevers associated with flu or chickenpox because such use may result in a serious illness known as Reye's syndrome.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking salsalate,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to salsalate, aspirin or other medications for arthritis or pain, or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially acetazolamide (Diamox); anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); corticosteroids such as cortisone (Cortone), dexamethasone (Decadron), hydrocortisone (Cortef), prednisone (Deltasone); medications for diabetes, gout, or high blood pressure; methotrexate; nizatidine (Azid); valproic acid (Depakene, Depakote); and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had anemia, diabetes, hemophilia or other bleeding problems, ulcers, asthma, kidney or liver disease, gout, Hodgkin's disease, or nasal polyps.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking salsalate, call your doctor. Salsalate, aspirin, and other salicylates should not be taken during the last 3 months of pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking salsalate. Your doctor may tell you to stop taking salsalate 1 week before surgery.
  • remember that you should not drink alcohol while taking this medication.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Salsalate may cause an upset stomach. Take salsalate with food or milk.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Although side effects from salsalate are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • ringing in the ears
  • loss of hearing
  • bloody diarrhea or black, tarry stools
  • wheezing
  • difficulty breathing
  • dizziness
  • mental confusion
  • drowsiness
  • skin rash

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to salsalate.

If you have diabetes, regular use of salsalate may affect test results for urine sugar. Talk to your doctor about proper monitoring of your blood sugar while taking salsalate.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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