Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin?) is used dermatologically for the treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum, idiopathic or secondary to ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, or collagen vascular disease.
- Sensitivity of ASA or sulfa
- Bone marrow suppression can occur. Blood counts before and two weekly early in therapy are indicated.
- Safety in pregnancy has not been established.
- Many drug interactions - consult your compendium.
- Nausea, vomiting, GI distress
- Bone marrow suppression
- Hypersensitivity reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
- Pyoderma gangrenosum may require up to 6 gm daily.