This medication is used in combination with other drugs to treat tuberculosis. The treatment of active tuberculosis infection requires taking several drugs in combination for 6 months or longer. This medication may be used as part of this combined drug treatment. Aminosalicylic acid is known as an antituberculosis antibiotic. It works by stopping or slowing the growth of bacteria.
This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
Do not take this medication if the packet is swollen or the granules have turned dark brown or purple instead of tan. This may be a sign that the medication has not been properly stored. See also Storage section.
Take this medication by mouth, usually 2 to 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. This medication needs to be taken with an acidic food to properly work in your body. Open the packet and sprinkle your dose onto an acidic food such as applesauce, yogurt, or juice (such as tomato, orange, grapefruit, grape, cranberry, apple juice, or punch). Do not mix in other foods. If the granules are mixed in juice, stir to suspend the granules and drink all of the mixture immediately. The granules will not dissolve in the prepared mixture. Do not crush or chew the granules before or while swallowing. Do not prepare a supply in advance. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about how to take this medication.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment.
Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. It is very important to take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
You may notice the empty granule coatings in your stool. This is harmless.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: black/bloody stools, vomit that contains blood or looks like coffee grounds.
Rarely, aminosalicylic acid may cause serious (possibly fatal) liver damage, usually within the first 3 months after starting treatment. Stop taking this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you develop: rash followed by a fever, dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. Stop taking this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: a certain enzyme problem (glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase deficiency-G6PD), kidney disease, liver problems, stomach ulcer.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
The effects of some drugs can change if you take other drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use your medications or by close monitoring.
To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment with this product. While using this product, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without your doctor's approval.
This medication may decrease the amount of substances (such as vitamin B12) in your body. Your doctor may recommend that you take a nutritional supplement while taking this drug. Ask your doctor for details.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including albumin, urine tests for ketones/bilirubin), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use. Share this list with your doctor and pharmacist to lessen your risk for serious medication problems.
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Do not share this medication with others.
This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in that case.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as sputum exam/culture) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store in a refrigerator or freezer below 59 degrees F (15 degrees C) away from moisture. Brief storage at room temperature is permitted. Keep away from heat. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your medication.
Information last revised March 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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