Olsalazine is the generic name and Dipentum is the brand name. It is a bowel anti-inflammatory drug used for treating and maintaining ulcerative colitis.
It is no drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have liver disease, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, low white blood cell counts, high cholesterol or triglycerides, history of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, history of breast cancer, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, enlarged prostate, difficult urination, bowel problems or narrow angle glaucoma.
Headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, sore throat, upper respiratory infection, fever, vomiting, dizziness, rash, constipation, muscle pain, unusual tiredness, cough and back pain.
Abdominal sweating, feeling unwell, angina pain, appetite loss, stool discoloration, irritable bowel, fungal infection in the esophagus, dry mouth, low blood sugar, weight gain, muscle cramps, joint and leg pain, dizziness, fainting, nervousness, sleeplessness, apathy, anxiety, unusual dreams, tingling in hands or feet, nosebleed, itching and inflammation of the skin, dry skin, hair loss, sweating, frequent urination and testicle pain.