Apparently this medicine is used for the treatment of arthritis. Most do fine on it, but some of its side effects are life threatening. I thought I would mention this for anyone using this medication that you may want to make sure your body is o.k.
My son-in-law has been on it for a little over a month. He said the arthritis felt a lot better, but some other odd things began to happen. He had a root canal years ago, that suddenly flared up with an awful infection. He had to go to two different specialists because it was so bad. Then he got a weird sore in his gum that another doctor suspected might be a cancer and did a biopsy. Neither of these infection would clear however. Last week he went to his arthritis doctor for some simple blood rests to make sure the Sulfasalazin was not causing issues with his kidney function (apparently it can). The doctor discovered his white blood cell count was at zero, he was anemic, had very few blood platelets and was in big trouble. They put him in the hospital immediately.
This medication treated his body as if he had been giving it chemotherapy and has the same symptoms of leukemia. The poor kid has been in the hospital since last Wednesday. They fear his bone marrow has been compromised because none of his blood levels are coming up despite heavy antibiotic IVs with a pick line into his heart, etc. He keeps spiking a fever in the 103 to 104 range so they have to pack him in ice which is not fun. They are trying one more stronger antibiotic today to try to control the infection in his mouth because he has absolutely no immune system to do anything. If that doesn’t work, and his white count does not improve, along with his immune system, they will do a bone marrow biopsy and possibly a bone marrow transplant depending on what they find. I cannot believe he has gone thru all of this over an arthritis drug – unbelievable! My daughter is beside herself. Only family can visit him and we have to scrub up, wear a mask and plastic gowns for his protection because anymore infection will probably do him in.
The only reason I post this is for anyone who is using this drug. Be careful and make sure you get your blood checked to make sure you aren’t one of the people this happens too.
If you wouldn't mind, please pray for my son in law. His name is Tyson and he's an angel. He doesn't deserve this.