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Balsalazide Disodium

[ Generic Medicines for Ulcerative Colitis Treatment ]

Valeant Colazal

Balsalazide Disodium is a medication, which is an aminosalicylate with a chemical classification of balsalazide is Aminosalicylic Acids. It is an anti-inflammatory agent that treats ulcerative colitis to both induce and maintain remissions in disease. This active component is a monohydroxybenzoic acid consisting of aminosalicylic acid linked to aminobenzoyl-beta-alanine via an azo bond. It shows the role of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, an anti-ulcer drug, and a gastrointestinal drug.

Class of Drugs – Aminosalicylates

Molecular Formula – C17H15N3O6

Molecular Weight - 357.32 g/mol

Working: The exact mechanism of action of this active component Balsalazide Disodium is not known. It is believed that it works by reducing inflammation in the colon. The condition of Ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory diseases leads to excessive production of chemicals, such as, prostaglandins, that produce inflammation in the colon. It produced by enzymes, cyclooxygenase, and lipoxygenase. These enzymes become overactive in people with ulcerative colitis.               

Uses: This given medication is approved for the treatment of certain bowel disease or ulcerative colitis. It also helps to decrease symptoms of ulcerative colitis such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain. It is an aminosalicylates medication. It is supposed to work by decreasing swelling in the colon.

Popular Brands and Dosages: This active ingredient Balsalazide Disodium is used in popular brands as mentioned below:

  • Colazal: 750 mg:
  • Giazo: 750 mg:

This medicine should be consumed after a meal as mentioned in the prescription.