Sulfasalazine Tabs 500mg

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Hi all. Dropped a post yesterday and voila.... seemed to have vanished into thin air!! Anyway, just wanted to know if anybody had been prescribed these tabs for Lichen Planus and whether it has worked for you? I appear to have kidney and liver problems (as per a blood test done) and now not sure whether these tabs would aggravate these conditions. Eagerly awaiting your responses. Thanks a mil and take care everyone. xxxx

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    Sulfasalazine has an anti-inflammatory effect. Although it is not clear exactly how it works, it is thought to block the way inflammation develops in your body. It is used to manage the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and also for some forms of arthritis.

    Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease can both cause inflammation in the large intestine, leading to problems such as abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Sulfasalazine can help control these symptoms.

    It is prescribed in rheumatoid arthritis to help reduce damage to your joints. It is likely to be prescribed alongside other medicines.

    It is not suitable for people with liver and kidney problems but you might like to have a word with your doc. You are advised to drink plenty of water with the drug.

     It is usually ointments and creams which are prescribed for your condiditon as far as I am aware. Hope this helps. 

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      Hi Carmarie

      Thank you so much for the response and relevant information. Sincerely appreciated.  I was a bit worried after googling the side effects of the medication and knowing what the kidney/liver results of the blood test was. Sulfasalazine was prescribed by the Derm, as the clob was not helping for LP. Have managed to secure an appointment with the GP tomorrow morning. I shall keep you posted. Take care and all the best.

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    You are welcome. How did the doc's appointment go?
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      Hi Carmarie.

      Visit to GP went quite well yesterday. Advised that I should take Salazopyrin 500mg and requested a blood test to be taken again mid August to check kidney and liver functions. Then booked an appointment for me with Gynea this morning. Wanted gynea to check that there were no LP lesions inside vaginal area. That visit left a bit of bitter taste in the mouth and left me feeling a bit low at the moment. He made it very clear that I should not visit him again as it has nothing to do with him and it is a dermatological problem. If the Derm wants to discuss something with him, she can phone him. I felt so let down and that I was being a nuisance and wasting his time. Anyway.. good news was no lesions inside or on the cervix caused by Lichen Planus, so now I just have the Lichen sclerosus to take care of around genital and anal areas. I have started the salazopyrin tabs yesterday and will see if it helps the lichen planus on thighs, legs, stomach, back, arms, under the breasts etc. Still using the Dermovate for LS around genital area. Just wish I can shake off this despondent feeling and cannot stop crying. Wish I never went to gynea this morning. Anyway, as I always say.... this too shall pass! We fall down... we get up....we fall down...we get up. Good thing is we always get up!! I shall use the salazopyrin with caution and with lots of water, as per your advice and will keep a close watch for any side effects and will do the blood test again mid August to check liver and kidneys. The GP is very hopeful that the tabs will help with the LP on my body. Thank you for the shoulder and apologies for being such a cry-baby today. Take care and all the best. xx

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    Hello

    Just picked up your post. GPs need a boot up the backside they are paid to do a job and should not make you feel like you are a nuisance, so do not let the visit get you down. At least you have had some good news with your check up.

    I am no expert but I am surprised that the doc prescribed these tablets with your kidney and liver problems, and I do not think anyone on this site has said they have been prescribed them. I think you should see an improvement quite quickly if this is the correct drug to be on, however I have my doubts but I am not a doctor. At least they are keeping an eye on your liver and kidneys. And if you aren't happy with your GP request another one within the practice. I refuse to see one GP in mine. Yes you have got up again well done for that. The condition is not easy. Mid August is not far away. You might get some more ideas from this site of other remedies like someone mentioned they use cocnut oil, others aloe vera gel, others bathe in bicarb of soda or sea salt then apply Dermovate. I wish you luck with your next appointment which is not too far away, and hope you find some relief.

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      Hi Carmarie

      Thank you for the good wishes. Feeling much better today emotionally and otherwise. Nothing that a good old sob can't heal!! You are right..nobody except yourself has responded regarding the use of salazopyrin tablets, so it would appear as if nobody else has been prescribed them. A bit worrying. However, last night was the first night in a very long time that I could sleep through. Had a few of the Lichen Planus lesions itching, but quickly calmed them down with aloe very gel. No problem with the other lesions on my body and also no problem with the LS lesions at the vaginal/anal areas. So I am hoping above all hopes that it is due to the drug, but a bit too early to say. I shall continue with it until mid August and if anything untoward on the blood tests, will stop immediately. My GP is very good..it is the Gynae that was so unsympathetic (for lack of a better word) to me. Will definitely not go back to him. Take care and I hope you find relief as well and ultimately get the condition under control.

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    Hi

    My gynae was rubbish. He made me feel like it was my fault and insinuated I was not having sex with my hubby as I had relationship probs. He missed the point that it was menopause skin problems and soreness which was the reason. When I went for a check up a few months later there was no examination and I was just discharged. I do not have a diagnosis yet I have an appointment with a vulval dermatologist tomorrow. The first one at a different hospital said it was frictional dermatitis and prescribed hydromol a few months back. I am still having some soreness and noticed that one are of the entrance to my vagina feels very rough.So I plugged GP and said I want something doing hence tomorrow's appointment. I am still yo yoing between medical so called professionals. I will let you know how I get on. I am glad that you have found a bit of relief so let us hope the drug does it for you. It might be a breakthrough for other people who have not been prescribed it. I like your name, I am partial to a cuppa t lol. Will be in touch take care keep smiling.

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      Hi Carmarie

      If you're partial to a cuppa you MUST be from Yorkshire.....right? Same as Yvonne! LOL.

      It would appear as if some gyneas are quite insensitive to our problem, isn't it? Sometimes I wonder what happened to the Hippocratic Oath.

      Anyway, very happy you have an appointment with GP and hope there is a good outcome and at least a diagnosis. Please let me know. Will keep my fingers crossed. Take care.

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      Hi Carmarie

      Replied to you earlier, but see my reply is being moderated. Oops!!

      Dont even know what I did out of the ordinary. Perhaps because I referred to a certain place? Not sure...

      Love it if you're partial to a cuppa. Solves the world's problems, doesn't it? Glad you managed to secure an appointment and hope it has a good outcome and at least a diagnosis. Keeping my fingers crossed. Pls let me know how it went? Take care and all the best.

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    CuppaT,

    I only have LS and psoriasis so I never reply to posts about LP. it always so6nds so difficult. If this drug turns out to work for you and to also be safe for your liver and kidneys, I imagine this will be good news for many of the LP sufferers on this LP forum. Here's hoping.

    That gynae is a jerk, but not worth getting upset over. That only adds to the stress which is a major factor. Keep us posted and best wishes for more good nights of sleep.

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      Hi Morrell

      Lovely hearing from you again. You're right..struggling a bit with LP. I am still wary and worried that I appear to be the only one on this site prescribed with the drug, but I shall keep a very close watch. However, if it works...eureka!!  So far the LS appears to be under control with the Dermovate. Are you winning the battle as well?

      Take care and all the best.

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      Oh, winning would be a strong word. I'm in the first months after my gynae switching me from Dermovate to tacrolimu. Right b ow its looking like its not as good as Dermovat. I see her in the fall. Someone on here mentioned cycling between the two.. I'm not inclined to go ahead with that without her OK, though.

      Thanks for asking. Glad you're here.

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    Not far from Yorks, near Durham we all like a good cuppa up here lol. My appointment went well thanks. Vulval dermatologist gave me a good check over, did not seem afraid to look in crevices. And she said that I definitely do not have LS. She was very well versed in it described all the signs and symptoms of it. She said I just have a lot of dryness due to the menopause and am to carry on using Hydromol. So it looks like I will just have to grin and bear it. It is strange because the symptoms of vaginal atrophy can be similar to LS so as long as I am allowed to use Vagifem for the atrophy I should be ok although I believe you can only stay on it for a period of time. And the odd anal crack is due to dryness, I described it like a paper cut after a bowel motion. So I have been told this by two specialists now, I will have to accept that they are correct in their diagnosis unless anything changes.

    Best wishes to all

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      Good for you!!! So happy that it's not LS and at least you now have a diagnosis!

      Thank you for the good wishes and take care.

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