Chemical Name: SALSALATE (SAL-sa-late)
Salsalate is a salicylate used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis. Salsalate is also used to relieve pain and to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
WARNING: Children and teenagers should not use aspirin, aspirin- containing or aspirin-related medicines for flu symptoms or chickenpox without first consulting a doctor. A rare but serious illness known as Reye's syndrome may occur. Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Salsalate. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE Salsalate if you are also taking sulfinpyrazone or probenecid. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking biphosphonates (e.g., alendronate, risedronate), methotrexate, valproic acid, or medicine for glaucoma (carbonic anhydrase inhibitors) or diabetes. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF Salsalate IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have chickenpox, flu, or a history of blood, bleeding, or clotting conditions. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using Salsalate.
Follow the directions for using Salsalate provided by your doctor. TAKE Salsalate with food or a full glass of water. STORE Salsalate at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Salsalate, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT take 2 doses at once.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING Salsalate if you ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or any other medicine used to treat pain, fever, swelling, or arthritis. Check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while you are taking Salsalate. ALCOHOL WARNING: If you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day, ask your doctor whether you should take Salsalate or other pain relievers/fever reducers. Salsalate may cause stomach bleeding. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR EMERGENCY TREATMENT, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Salsalate. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Salsalate during pregnancy. Salsalate IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Salsalate, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include upset stomach, heartburn, or nausea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, drowsiness, severe stomach pain, unusual bruising, bloody or black stools, dizziness, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, or rash. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience swelling of hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include vomiting, stomach pain, fast breathing, dizziness, ringing in the ears, headache, confusion, and sweating.
DO NOT SHARE Salsalate with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Salsalate for other health conditions. KEEP Salsalate out of the reach of children. IF USING Salsalate FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.