Sulfasalazine belongs to a class of medicines known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). It is an aminosalicylate medicine.
Sulfasalazine is used to treat many conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It works by reducing the inflammation and pain related to these conditions.
In rheumatoid arthritis, sulfasalazine helps to reduce pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints and reduces damage to the joints. Read more about rheumatoid arthritis.
In inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, sulfasalazine helps to reduce symptoms such as fever, stomach pain, diarrhoea (runny poo) and rectal bleeding.
A video describing the use of sulfasalazine for the treatment of arthritis.
(RheumInfo(external link), Canada, 2011)