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Generic Azulfidine is used for the treatment of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis, as adjunctive therapy (with other medications) in the treatment of severe ulcerative colitis, for the treatment of Crohn's disease, for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.

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Generic Azulfidine is used for the treatment of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis, as adjunctive therapy (with other medications) in the treatment of severe ulcerative colitis, for the treatment of Crohn's disease, for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.

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Twenty-six cases (8 CRC, 18 dysplasia) were matched with 96 controls. Cases and controls were similar in age (median, 43 vs 42.5 y), age at diagnosis of UC (median, 29.5 vs 30.5 y), duration of UC (median, 11.5 vs 9 y), and extent of disease (58% pancolitis), sex, family history of UC, history of primary sclerosing cholangitis, and smoking history. Cases were more likely to have a family history of CRC than controls (27% of cases, 9% of controls, P = .036). Conditional logistic regression adjusted for disease duration, age at diagnosis, and family history of CRC showed that aminosalicylate use of 1.2 g/day or more was associated with a 72% reduction in the odds of dysplasia/CRC (odds ratio, 0.28; 95% confidence interval, 0.09-0.85). As the total dose of aminosalicylates increased, the odds of dysplasia/CRC decreased (P = .056).

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The findings of BD in children are similar as in adults, but the frequency of familial cases is significantly higher.

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The aim of the present study was to investigate the therapeutic effect and mechanism of proanthocyanidins from grape seed (GSPE) in the treatment of recurrent ulcerative colitis (UC) in rats. To induce recurrent colitis, rats were instilled with 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS) (80 mg/kg) into the colon through the cannula in the first induced phase, and then the rats were instilled a second time with TNBS (30 mg/kg) into the colon on the sixteenth day after the first induction UC. Rats were intragastrically administered GSPE (200 mg/kg) per day for 7 days after twice-induced colitis by TNBS. Sulfasalazine at 500 mg/kg was used as a positive control drug. Rats were killed 7 days after GSPE treatment. The colonic injury and inflammation were assessed by macroscopic and macroscopic damage scores, colon weight/length ratio (mg/cm), and myeloperoxidase activity. Then, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) activities, and the levels of malonyldialdehyde, glutathione, and nitric oxide in serum and colonic tissues were measured. Compared with the recurrent UC group, GSPE treatment facilitated recovery of pathologic changes in the colon after induction of recurrent colitis, as demonstrated by reduced colonic weight/length ratio and macroscopic and microscopic damage scores. The myeloperoxidase and iNOS activities with malonyldialdehyde and nitric oxide levels in serum and colon tissues of colitis rats were significantly decreased in the GSPE group compared with those in the recurrent UC group. In addition, GSPE treatment was associated with notably increased superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase activities, and glutathione levels of colon tissues and serum of rats. GSPE exerted a protective effect on recurrent colitis in rats by modifying the inflammatory response, inhibiting inflammatory cell infiltration and antioxidation damage, promoting damaged tissue repair to improve colonic oxidative stress, and inhibiting colonic iNOS activity to reduce the production of nitric oxide.

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Sulphasalazine has recently been shown to have an effect in ankylosing spondylitis but the clinical indication for its use is controversial. We have used an 'interventional' study design to investigate the clinical and laboratory effects of sulphasalazine in a group of 20 patients with active ankylosing spondylitis and peripheral joint disease. Following an initial assessment period, patients were treated with sulphasalazine for 24 weeks and the drug was then withdrawn and the patients monitored for a further 12 weeks. Significant improvements were observed in chest expansion, number of active joints, ESR and CRP which deteriorated after withdrawal of sulphasalazine. No change in spinal mobility was demonstrated. The 'interventional' design may be a useful screening procedure for identifying potential second line drugs in ankylosing spondylitis.

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These findings suggest that the fiber fraction of GBF may effectively enhance luminal butyrate production, and thereby accelerate colonic epithelial repair in colitis.

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Using a simple and rapid method, electrical potential differences across rectal and colonic mucosa have been measured at routine sigmoidoscopy in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis. In patients with irritable bowel syndrome, all of whom had diarrhoea, the mucosa was charged negatively on the luminal side and potential differences were not significantly different from those of normal subjects. In acute exacerbations of ulcerative colitis, the potential difference was reversed, the luminal side being positive. This characteristic change was seen even in mild attacks. The potential difference was usually restored to normal within a few weeks of commencing treatment. In some cases, however, it was persistently abnormal for months and failed to show the normal response to stimulation by the mineralocorticoid, fludrocortisone. The way in which measurements of potential difference can be useful in diagnosis, prognosis, and as a guide to treatment is discussed.

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Mothers (n = 255) participated in a prospective cohort study of RA and pregnancy, and 108 children of these mothers (ages 5-10 years) were included in this followup study. Information on features known to influence BMD in children, i.e., calcium intake, physical activity, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level, sex, height, and weight, was collected. In addition, pre- and postnatal variables known to influence BMD, i.e., gestational age, maternal smoking, birth weight, postnatal rate of growth, and type of feeding, were recorded. Independent variables were prednisone use, sulfasalazine use, and RA disease activity during pregnancy.

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The clinical response to traditional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in indigent South Africans with early rheumatoid arthritis was investigated. A cohort of patients with early (≤2 years) RA who were DMARD-naïve at inception were prospectively assessed for response to DMARDs using the Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) over a 12-month period. Patients with low disease activity (LDA) at 12 months were compared to those with moderate and high disease activity with respect to demographic, clinical, autoantibody and radiographic features. The 171 patients (140 females) had a mean (SD) age of 47.1 (12.4) years, symptom duration of 11.7 (7.1) months and baseline SDAI of 39.4 (16.2). There was a significant overall improvement in the SDAI and its components in the 134 (78.4%) patients who completed the 12 months visit, but only 28.4% of them achieved LDA. The majority of patients (91%) were treated with methotrexate as monotherapy or in combination with chloroquine and/or sulphasalazine. Baseline features that independently predicted a LDA state at 12 months were lower Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index (p = 0.023) and a higher haemoglobin level (p = 0.048). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis showed that the 6-month SDAI was better than the baseline SDAI in predicting the 12-month SDAI (area under the curve of 0.69 vs. 0.52, respectively, p = 0.008). In conclusion, less than a third of the patients achieved a low disease activity at 12 months on traditional DMARDs. Patients who have an inadequate response to traditional DMARDs at 6 months are unlikely to show further improvement on traditional DMARDs at 12 months. These findings underscore the need for better disease control by an aggressive tight control strategy, including intense patient education and biologic therapy.

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A double-blind controlled trial of the effect of sodium cromoglycate (SCG) in preventing relapse in ulcerative colitis has been completed in 100 subjects. In patients already taking sulphasalazine, SCG did not prove to be of any additional benefit. However, in patients not on any other maintenance therapy, the relapse rate was 40% for SCG as compared with 75% for placebo. A large study of the effect of SCG in patients intolerant of sulphasalazine is indicated.

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Data extraction and assessment of methodological quality of each study were independently performed by two reviewers. Any disagreement among reviewers was resolved by consensus. The main outcome measure was the occurrence of relapse as defined by the primary studies. Odds ratios of relapse rates and their 95% confidence intervals were calculated.

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508 patients were randomized to initial monotherapy (iMono) or initial combination therapy (iCombo). Disease outcomes of iMono and iCombo were compared within non-PP or PP groups as determined on baseline characteristics

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MTX was well-tolerated and effective in reducing signs and symptoms, disability and structural damage. A comparison with other synthetic DMARDs was in favour of MTX, though at the tested doses MTX and leflunomide were equally effective.

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Systematic literature review (SLR) of observational studies (including registries). Interventions were any bDMARD (anakinra, infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, rituximab, abatacept, tocilizumab, golimumab or certolizumab pegol) or sDMARD (methotrexate, leflunomide, hydroxychloroquine, sulfasalazine, gold/auranofin, azathioprine, chlorambucil, chloroquine, cyclosporin, cyclophosphamide, mycophenolate, minocycline, penicillamine, tacrolimus or tofacitinib) and a comparator was required. Information on GCs was collected from the included studies. All safety outcomes were included.

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Skin rash is a common side effect of sulphasalazine. Desensitisation, with a gradual introduction of the drug, may prevent rash. This study reports a 33% (3/9 patients) success rate of desensitisation in patients with arthritis. Desensitisation should only be attempted if sulphasalazine has been efficacious in treating the joint symptoms.

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To clarify whether synovial cell proliferation indicates an imbalance in production between angiogenic growth factors and angiogenesis inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), we investigated the production of basic fibroblast growth factor (b-FGF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as representative angiogenic growth factors and endostatin as a representative angiogenesis inhibitor.

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Four patients with rheumatoid arthritis received a combination of methotrexate and sulfasalazine for a mean of 24 months (range 20-28 months). All 4 patients experienced clinical improvement, with a reduction in the number of involved joints and in morning stiffness. In all 3 patients who had previously taken methotrexate, we were able to reduce the dosage, and the prednisone dosage was reduced in 2 of 3 patients who had previously taken that drug. No serious toxicity was observed in any patient.

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We report a case of rash probably induced by ciprofloxacin and/or salazopyrin administration in a patient with infectious mononucleosis. A 22 year woman developed a maculopapular and petechial eruption in the 3-rd day of ciprofloxacin (given for a genital tract infection) and the 32-nd day of salazopyrin (for a spondylodiscitis). Subsequently she developed a severe hepatitis, shock, and very severe leucocytosis (88 000/mmc) that occasioned haematological investigations for a lymphoproliferative syndrome.

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The aim of this study was to define the ultrasonographic factors that indicate clinical remission in patients with RA. We enrolled a cohort of patients with RA in whom the disease had been in remission for at least 6 months. Musculoskeletal ultrasound (US) examination was used to evaluate the status of active synovitis, power Doppler (PD) signalling, and synovitis in the bilateral metacarpophalangeal; proximal interphalangeal; and radiocarpal, ulnocarpal, and intercarpal, compartments of the wrist. A total of 64 RA patients with a mean disease duration of 79.97 months were studied. Of all patients, 36% had ultrasonographic synovitis and 29% an increased PD signal from at least one joint. Delay in diagnosis was highly correlated with synovitis and PD synovitis (r = 0.55, p = 0.000; and r = 0.51, p = 0.001, respectively). A weak negative correlation was evident between synovitis, PD synovitis, tenosynovitis, PD tenosynovitis, and duration of clinical remission (respectively, r = -0.426, p = 0.000; r = -0.333, p = 0.007; r = -0.243, p = 0.050; and r = -0.247, p = 0.049). Upon multivariate logistic regression analysis, the duration of clinical remission and delay in diagnosis were the factors that most influenced ultrasonographic remission (OR 3.46, p = 0.046; OR 3.27, p = 0.016, respectively). Synovial inflammation may persist in RA patients exhibiting clinical remission. We found that US detected subclinical synovitis. The most important factors preventing ultrasonographic remission were a short duration of clinical remission and delay in diagnosis.

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To evaluate the impact of antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptide (ACPAs) on radiographic progression in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) initially treated either with a combination of 3 disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or with a single DMARD.

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A pH-sensitive, polymer-coated oral preparation of mesalamine (5-aminosalicylic acid) was used at 1.6 and 2.4 g/d for 6 weeks.

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In contrast to rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the concept of disease modification in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) remains to be clarified. Endpoint measures employed in AS trials primarily assess features related to symptomatology while endpoints considered more relevant to the concept of disease modification, such as spinal mobility, acute-phase reactants and radiological progression, either lack sensitivity to change or have not been comprehensively validated. NSAIDs alleviate symptoms of AS but most trials have been short term, precluding meaningful conclusions regarding disease modification. Among disease-modifying therapies used in RA, sulfasalazine has been studied in several controlled trials mostly in patients with longstanding disease, effect sizes being small and limited to those with peripheral synovitis. No conclusions can be drawn from the limited studies evaluating methotrexate.

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A component of the complement system's alternate pathway was investigated in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. The mean C3PA (Factor B) titer in normals was 74 +/- 15%; in ulcerative colitis, 92 +/- 18%; and in Crohn's disease, 119+/- 24%. Significance was at the P less than 0.001 level when the mean values for the ulcerative colitis and the Crohn's disease groups were compared to normal subjects. Titers did not change significantly with exacerbation or amelioration of the diseases or when patient groups were analyzed according to the mode of treatment received.

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Clinical measures improved markedly (p <0.001) from baseline to year 2 under AUR, MTX, and SSZ therapy but not in the mTF group. Similar levels of disease control were seen for each DMARD. During this period, patients treated with AUR had a deltaLarsen score (+ 14.5+/-1.3) similar to mTF patients (+ 15.8+/-1.1) but greater than patients on MTX (+8.6+/-0.8) or SSZ (+9.1+/-0.8).

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Thirteen RCTs (n = 1211 patients) of azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine therapy in adult patients were identified: nine included placebo comparators and six included active comparators. The majority of included studies were rated as low risk of bias. There was no statistically significant difference in clinical remission rates between azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine and placebo. Forty-eight per cent (95/197) of patients receiving antimetabolites achieved remission compared to 37% (68/183) of placebo patients (5 studies, 380 patients; RR 1.23, 95% CI 0.97 to 1.55). There was no statistically significant difference in clinical improvement rates between azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine and placebo. Forty-eight per cent (107/225) of patients receiving antimetabolites achieved clinical improvement or remission compared to 36% (75/209) of placebo patients (8 studies, 434 patients; RR 1.26, 95% CI 0.98 to 1.62). There was a statistically significant difference in steroid sparing (defined as prednisone dose < 10 mg/day while maintaining remission) between azathioprine and placebo. Sixty-four per cent (47/163) of azathioprine patients were able to reduce their prednisone dose to < 10 mg/day compared to 46% (32/70) of placebo patients (RR 1.34, 95% CI 1.02 to 1.77). GRADE analyses rated the overall quality of the evidence for the outcomes clinical remission, clinical improvement and steroid sparing as moderate due to sparse data. There was no statistically significant difference in withdrawals due to adverse events or serious adverse events between antimetabolites and placebo. Ten percent of patients in the antimetabolite group withdrew due to adverse events compared to 5% of placebo patients (8 studies, 510 patients; RR 1.70, 95% CI 0.94 to 3.08). Serious adverse events were reported in 14% of patients receiving azathioprine compared to 4% of placebo patients (2 studies, 216 patients; RR 2.57, 95% CI 0.92 to 7.13). Common adverse events reported in the placebo controlled studies included: allergic reactions. leukopenia, pancreatitis and nausea. Azathioprine was significantly inferior to infliximab for induction of steroid-free clinical remission. Thirty per cent (51/170) of azathioprine patients achieved steroid-free remission compared to 44% (75/169) of infliximab patients (1 study, 339 patients; RR 0.68, 95% CI 0.51 to 0.90). The combination of azathioprine and infliximab was significantly superior to infliximab alone for induction of steroid-free clinical remission. Sixty per cent (116/194) of patients in the combined azathioprine and infliximab group achieved steroid-free remission compared to 48% (91/189) of infliximab patients (2 studies, 383 patients; RR 1.23, 95% CI 1.02 to 1.47). Azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine therapy was found to be no better at inducing steroid free clinical remission compared to methotrexate (RR 1.13, 95% CI 0.85 to 1.49) and 5-aminosalicylate or sulfasalazine (RR 1.24, 95% CI 0.80 to 1.91). There were no statistically significant differences in withdrawals due to adverse events between azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine and buy azulfidine methotrexate (RR 0.78, 95% CI 0.23 to 2.71); between azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine and 5-aminosalicylate or sulfasalazine (RR 0.98, 95% CI 0.38 to 2.54); between azathioprine and infliximab (RR 1.47, 95% CI 0.96 to 2.23); or between the combination of azathioprine and infliximab and infliximab (RR 1.16, 95% CI 0.75 to 1.80). Common adverse events in the active comparator trials included nausea, abdominal pain, pyrexia and headache.

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We present a case of pyoderma gangrenosum localized on the breast, without a preceding surgical intervention and associated systemic disorder. The ulcer had rapidly developed and covered a large portion of the breast. The patient responded well to systemic steroids and salicylazosulfapyridine and the ulcer buy azulfidine completely healed with scarring after 3 months of treatment. Pyoderma gangrenosum rarely involves the breasts. A published work survey disclosed only 31 reported cases up to date. In most of these cases the lesions were related to previous surgical interventions, probably as the result of a pathergy phenomenon. The main differential diagnoses were skin and soft tissue infections including necrotizing fasciitis, and malignant neoplasms. Negative initial wound cultures and the relative sparing of nipple/areola complex helped to eliminate these disorders. Though an unusual site for pyoderma gangrenosum, lesions on the breast showed the characteristic clinical features of the disease. The types of associated disorders were also similar to those of the cases with classical pyoderma gangrenosum. As most of the lesions healed with significant scarring, early recognition and treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum located on the breast is important to prevent serious physical and psychological morbidity.

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To describe buy azulfidine the clinical and immunologic features of 6 patients with rheumatic disease and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) chronic infection, treated with anti-TNF alpha drugs.

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All patients had failed local enterostomal care prior to referral. Debridements and/or stomal revisions were uniformly unsuccessful. Biopsies, when performed, did not provide clinically important information. Treatment was directed toward inflammatory bowel disease, with variable buy azulfidine clinical responses to corticosteroids, metronidazole, cyclosporine, sulfasalazine, and infliximab.

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Most patients with early active RA achieve clinical remission and develop negligible joint damage with the intensified FIN-RACo buy azulfidine regimen. Adding INFL for the first 6 months delays radiological progression.

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In the present 30-week, double-blind study of 45 ulcerative colitis (UC) patients treated with prednisone, sulfasalazine, clonidine, or placebo, we found that clonidine (an alpha 2 agonist) and prednisone were effective in treating idiopathic UC. Both drugs were more effective than sulfasalazine. Furthermore, clonidine potentiated prednisone and sulfasalazine effects. Clonidine was chosen because its effect on distal colon motility is similar to thioproperazine, an antipsychotic drug that, despite many adverse effects, possesses powerful anti-UC properties. Rating scales were outlined in order to evaluate clinical, endoscopic, histologic, and radiologic changes. Plasma cortisol levels, sedimentation rate, serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase, serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase, and other biochemical parameters were determined to assess the efficacy of each drug. Distal colon motility changes were also assessed. buy azulfidine All our UC patients showed raised cortisol plasma levels and low sigmoidal tone during relapse periods. These parameters were reversed during remission periods. Peripheral and central mechanisms are discussed.

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Sulfasalazine was more likely to induce remission (RR 1.38; 95% CI 1.02 to 1.87; n = 263) compared to placebo with benefit confined mainly to patients with colitis. Sulfasalazine was less effective than corticosteroids (RR 0.66; 95% CI 0.53 to 0.81; n = 260). Olsalazine was less effective than placebo in a single trial. Low dose mesalamine (1 to 2 g/day) was not superior to placebo (RR = 1.46, 95% CI 0.89-2.40; n = 302) and was less effective than corticosteroids. High dose mesalamine (3 to 4.5 g/day) was not superior to placebo for induction of remission (RR 2.02; 95% CI 0.75 to 5.45) or response (Weighted Mean Difference -19.8 points; 95% CI -46.2 to 6.7; n = 615). In a single randomized controlled trial, 5-ASA was inferior to budesonide (RR 0.56; 95% CI 0.40 to 0.78). No statistically significant difference was found between high dose mesalamine and conventional corticosteroids (RR 1.04; 95% CI 0.79 to 1.36; n = 178). However, relatively few patients were available for analysis buy azulfidine . There was a lack of good quality clinical trials comparing sulfasalazine with other mesalamine formulations.

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Serum survivin levels were measured in 302 patients who completed the Swedish pharmacotherapy (SWEFOT) trial at baseline, 3, 12, and 24 months. Survivin levels > 0.45 ng/mL were considered positive. Based on the survivin status, core set outcomes measuring disease activity, functional disability, as well as global health and pain were evaluated after methotrexate (MTX) monotherapy at 3 months, and at 12 and 24 months of follow-up. Treatment of non-responders was buy azulfidine randomly intensified with either a combination of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (triple therapy: MTX, sulfasalazine, and hydroxychloroquine) or by adding antibodies against tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF).

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The three best-described genetic polymorphisms of drug metabolism--the debrisoquin/sparteine type of oxidative polymorphism (hereafter referred to as the debrisoquin polymorphism), the polymorphism of N-acetylation, and the mephenytoin type of oxidative polymorphism--are reviewed. For all three polymorphisms, the poor- buy azulfidine metabolizer phenotype is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. The debrisoquin and mephenytoin oxidative polymorphisms involve defects in two separate cytochrome P450 enzymes. The prevalence of the poor-metabolizer phenotype for debrisoquin ranges between 2% and 10% for groups of various ethnic origins. The poor-metabolizer phenotype for mephenytoin comprises about 5% of the Caucasian population and about 20% of the Japanese population. N-acetyltransferase is a cytosolic enzyme whose clinical polymorphism was discovered using isoniazid as the substrate probe. The prevalence of the slow-acetylator phenotype among American and European Caucasian and American black groups is about 50%; among the Japanese it is about 10%. More than 20 agents are substrates for debrisoquin hydroxylase, about 15 for N-acetyltransferase, and 3-5 for mephenytoin. In poor metabolizers, debrisoquin can cause hypotension, and sparteine can cause blurred vision, headache, and dizziness. Clinical consequences of the slow-acetylator phenotype include increased susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus induced by procainamide and hydralazine, peripheral neuropathy induced by isoniazid, hydralazine, and dapsone, and sulfasalazine-induced dose-related leukopenia, nausea, vomiting, headache, and vertigo. After administration of mephenytoin, poor metabolizers have increased somnolence and intellectual impairment. Awareness of genetic polymorphisms of drug metabolism should improve understanding of interindividual variability in drug disposition and response.

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The levels of MPO, TBARS and nitrite increased significantly (p < 0.05) in the DNCB group, whereas reduced significantly in the SES, SS treated groups. Serum nitrite levels were buy azulfidine found to be insignificant between the different groups. IL-6 and TNF-α levels were significantly high in the DNCB group.

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Active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) is a product prepared from the mycelium of edible Basidiomycete fungi that contains oligosaccharides. Here we have studied the antiinflammatory effect of AHCC in the trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS) model of colitis in rats. Rats received AHCC (100 or 500 mg/kg) daily starting 2 d before (pretreatment) colitis induction and were killed 6 d after the TNBS buy azulfidine challenge. The status of the rats was assessed by morphological and biochemical methods. The effect of AHCC on the colonic microflora was also assessed by studying the bacteria profile in feces by standard culture techniques. AHCC administration attenuated colonic inflammation, improving rat weight, food intake, damage score, extension of necrosis, colonic weight, colonic weight-to-length ratio, myeloperoxidase and alkaline phosphatase activities, glutathione concentration, and the expression of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines (IL-1beta, IL-1 receptor antagonist, TNF, and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1) and of mucins 2-4 and trefoil factor 3. The magnitude of the antiinflammatory effect of AHCC was similar to that of sulfasalazine (200 mg/kg). The study of colonic microflora indicated that rats treated with AHCC had higher aerobic and lactic acid bacteria counts as well as higher bifidobacteria counts, whereas clostridia were reduced when compared with the TNBS group. Therefore, our results indicate that AHCC is antiinflammatory and could be useful as a prebiotic to design functional foods for inflammatory bowel disease patients.

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This prospective trial in patients with left-sided ulcerative colitis evaluated the efficacy and acceptability of biweekly high-dose 5 buy azulfidine -aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) enemas (4g/100ml) in maintaining a remission recently induced using daily 5-ASA enemas. Thirty-one patients were randomly assigned, 16 to 5-ASA and 15 to oral sulphasalazine (2g/day), and examined monthly. Sigmoidoscopy was performed "blind" at six months or at clinical relapse. Twelve patients on 5-ASA (75%) and nine on sulphasalazine (60%) remained in clinical and endoscopic remission throughout the study (NS), and the survival curve for 5-ASA was better at all points (NS). No patient stopped therapy due to side effects, and all those on 5-ASA chose to continue rectal maintenance therapy after the study. It was concluded that biweekly 5-ASA enemas is at least as effective as oral sulphasalazine in maintaining remission in unselected patients whose remission has been achieve using local therapy.

azulfidine 10 mg 2017-12-30

To evaluate the curative Lamictal 750 Mg effect and safety of Bushen Qiangji Decoction (BQD) and Qingre Qiangji Decoction (QQD) in treating ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients, and to verify the clinical utility of AS syndrome differentiation and treatment scheme [Shen-deficiency induced stasis obstruction syndrome (SDISOS) and dampness-heat obstruction syndrome (DHOS) being two basic syndrome types, Shen invigorating blood activating method (SIBAM) and heat clearing dampness resolving method (HCDRM) being two basic treatment methods].

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The long term efficacy and tolerability of sulphasalazine (SASP) in the treatment of 21 patients with active classical or definite rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were examined and compared with the effects of penicillamine in a similarly active group of RA patients. Nineteen of the 21 patients treated with SASP improved during the first 6 months as shown by significant changes in the clinical and laboratory variables. Clinical improvement was maintained for the remainder of the year. Improvement in laboratory variables was maintained at 9 months but showed some deterioration at 1 year. Six patients went into remission by the ARA criteria, and 16 were able to continue the drug at the end of 1 year. In addition SASP had a steroid-sparing effect in 4 of the patients on systemic steroids. No potentially dangerous side effects were encountered by the end of the first year, although 5 patients were withdrawn. Dyspepsia, nausea and abdominal discomfort were the most common side-effects, although rashes (3) and macrocytosis (2) also occurred. Eighteen of the 21 patients treated with penicillamine improved during 9 months, although there was some deterioration at 1 year. Eight patients were withdrawn because of side-effects - thrombocytopenia (5), nephrotic syndrome (1) and proteinuria (2). Antabuse Cost Australia This study suggests that SASP has a disease modifying action maintained over a year and associated with low toxicity. It is a useful addition to the small number of second-line drugs with a possibly different mode of action.

azulfidine dosing 2015-01-31

Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is the etiological agent of primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), a rapidly progressing malignancy mostly arising in HIV-infected patients Chen et al. (2007) [1]. Even under conventional chemotherapy, PEL continues to portend nearly 100% mortality within several months, which urgently requires novel therapeutic strategies. We have previously demonstrated that targeting xCT, an amino acid transporter for cystine/glutamate exchange, induces significant PEL cell apoptosis through regulation of multiple host and viral factors [2]. More importantly, one of xCT selective inhibitors, Sulfasalazine (SASP), effectively prevents PEL tumor progression in an immune-deficient xenograft model [2]. In the current study, we use Illumina microarray to explore the profile of genes altered by SASP treatment within 3 KSHV + PEL cell-lines, and discover that many genes involved in oxidative stress/ Zyrtec 20 Mg antioxidant defense system, apoptosis/anti-apoptosis/cell death, and cellular response to unfolded proteins/topologically incorrect proteins are potentially regulated by xCT Dai et al. (2015) [3]. The microarray original data have been submitted to Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database (Accession number: GSE65418).

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The usual clinical signs are asymmetrical involvement of the joints of the lower Amaryl Reviews limbs associated in 30 to 50% of the cases with enthesiopathy. The diagnosis is based on the B Amor criteria and ESSG. The clinical course follows an episodic pattern in 80% of the cases.

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Mounting evidence underlines the role of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development, but its functional interactions with pathways involved in HCC progression remain uninvestigated. Here, we analyzed in preneoplastic and neoplastic livers from Fisher 344 and Brown Norway rats, possessing different genetic predisposition to HCC, in transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-alpha) and c-Myc-TGF-alpha transgenic mice, characterized by different susceptibility to HCC, and in human HCC: (i) iNOS function and interactions with nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB) and Ha-RAS/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) during hepatocarcinogenesis; (ii) influence of genetic predisposition to liver cancer on these pathways and role of these cascades in determining a susceptible or resistant phenotype and (iii) iNOS prognostic value in human HCC. We found progressive iNos induction in rat and mouse liver lesions, always at higher levels in the most aggressive models represented by HCC of rats genetically susceptible to hepatocarcinogenesis and c-Myc-TGF-alpha transgenic mice. iNOS, inhibitor of kB kinase/NF-kB and RAS/ERK upregulation was significantly higher in HCC with poorer prognosis (as defined by patients' survival length) and positively correlated with tumor proliferation, genomic instability and microvascularization and negatively with apoptosis. Suppression of iNOS signaling by aminoguanidine led to decreased HCC growth and NF-kB and RAS/ERK expression and increased apoptosis both in vivo and in vitro. Conversely Tofranil Missed Dose , block of NF-kB signaling by sulfasalazine or short interfering RNA (siRNA) or ERK signaling by UO126 caused iNOS downregulation in HCC cell lines. These findings indicate that iNOS cross talk with NF-kB and Ha-RAS/ERK cascades influences HCC growth and prognosis, suggesting that key component of iNOS signaling could represent important therapeutic targets for human HCC.

azulfidine drug class 2016-04-17

A total of 1,796 men with inflammatory joint disease were associated with 2,777 births in the MBRN. In 110 of these births, the father had been exposed to DMARDs within 12 weeks before conception, and in 230 births the father had never been exposed to DMARDs before conception. The DMARDs (monotherapy or combination treatment) to which the fathers were exposed most frequently within 12 weeks of conception were methotrexate ( Zofran 10 Mg n = 49), sulfasalazine (n = 17), and tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (n = 57). Neither adverse pregnancy outcomes nor occurrence of congenital malformations differed between patients and reference subjects in either group.

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Herbal medicine has attracted great attention in the recent years and is increasingly used as alternatives to chemical drugs. Several lines of evidence support the positive impact of medicinal plants in the prevention and cure of a wide range of diseases. Thymoquinone (TQ) is the most abundant constituent of the volatile oil of Nigella sativa seeds and most properties of N sativa are mainly attributed to TQ. A number of pharmacological actions of TQ have been investigated including anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anti-histaminic, anti-microbial and anti-tumor effects. It has also gastroprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective and neuroprotective activities. In addition, positive effects of TQ in cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, reproductive disorders and respiratory ailments, as well as in the treatment of bone complications as well as fibrosis have been shown. In addition, a large body of data shows that TQ has very low adverse effects and no serious Cardura 40 Mg toxicity. More recently, a great deal of attention has been given to this dietary phytochemical with an increasing interest to investigate it in pre-clinical and clinical researches for assessing its health benefits. Here we report on and analyze numerous properties of the active ingredient of N. sativa seeds, TQ, in the context of its therapeutic potentials for a wide range of illnesses. We also summarize the drug's possible mechanisms of action. The evidence reported sugests that TQ should be developed as a novel drug in clinical trials.

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Among 124 patients who underwent an elective surgical procedure for Crohn's disease during 1 year at our institution, 16(13%) had postoperative complications, including one death. The risk of developing postoperative complications was inversely related to the concentrations of serum albumin and total iron-binding capacity. The complication rate was 29% among patients with low (less than 3.1 g/dl) serum albumin levels but only 6% among patients with normal albumin levels. Patients were also more Diovan Pills likely to experience postoperative complications if they had previously undergone an operation for Crohn's disease, received sulfasalazine, or required an ileostomy. No correlations were noted between postoperative complications and preoperative weight loss or preponderance of Crohn's disease of the colon. The median duration of postoperative hospitalization was 24.5 days for the 16 patients with complications in comparison with only 10 days for patients without complications.

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A systematic review to evaluate the efficacy of 5-aminosalicylates for induction of remission or clinical response in patients with mild to moderately active Crohn's disease is described. The effect of either high (3 to 4.5 g/day) or Betnovate 1 Mg low dose (1 to 2 g/day) 5-aminosalicylic acid was similar to that of placebo. Overall, sulfasalazine was not superior to placebo and was inferior to glucocorticoids for the treatment of mild to moderately active Crohn's disease. Neither published nor unpublished data support any use of 5-aminosalicylates for the treatment of Crohn's disease.

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Twenty randomized placebo controlled trials met our criteria and were included in the meta-analysis. Comparison of SSZ with mesalamine yielded a nonsignificant relative risk (RR) of 1.04 (95% confidence interval of 0.89-1.21, P = 0.63) for overall improvement, a nonsignificant RR of 0.98 (95% CI 0.78-1.23, P = 0.85) for relapse, a nonsignificant RR of 0.76 (95% CI 0.54-1.07, P = 0.11) for any adverse events, and a nonsignificant RR of 0.78 (95% CI 0.46-1.3, P = 0.33) for withdrawals due to adverse events. Comparison of SSZ with olsalazine yielded a nonsignificant RR of 1.14 (95% CI 0.91-1.43, P = 0.25) for overall improvement, a nonsignificant RR of 0.93 (95% CI 0.77-1.12, P = 0.42) for relapse, a nonsignificant RR of 1.21 (95% CI 0.9-1.61, P = 0.20) for any adverse events, and a nonsignificant RR of 1.53 (95% CI 0.93-2.52, P = 0.09) for withdrawals due to adverse events. Comparison of SSZ with balsalazide yielded a nonsignificant RR of 1.3 (95% CI 0.93-1.81, P = 0.12) for overall improvement, and a significant RR of 0.17 (95% CI 0.06-0.49, P = 0.001) for withdrawals because of adverse events.

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Sulfasalazine (SSZ) has regulatory approval for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease in children and adults, and for use as a slow acting agent in adult rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This report surveys the literature for experience with SSZ in juvenile RA.

azulfidine generic name 2015-05-23

AME (200 mg/kg) was administered orally, once daily for 14 days after TNBS-induced colitis. Rats were given intracolonic normal saline or TNBS alone or TNBS plus oral AME. AME was studied for its in vitro antibacterial activity against Gram-negative intestinal bacteria and on TNBS-induced changes in colonic damage, weight and adhesions (macroscopic and microscopic), diarrhea, body weight and colonic levels of free radicals (nitric oxide and lipid peroxidation), antioxidants (superoxide dismutase, catalase and reduced glutathione) and pro-inflammatory marker (myeloperoxidase [MPO]) in rats.

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P22PRG1/IEX-1 is a putative NF-kappaB target gene implicated in the regulation of cellular viability. Here, we show that in HeLa cells TNFalpha induces expression of p22PRG1/IEX-1 in an NF-kappaB dependent fashion. Blockade of NF-kappaB activation by various NF-kappaB inhibitors abolished TNFalpha-induced p22PRG1/IEX-1 expression and increased the sensitivity to apoptosis induced by TNFalpha, an activating Fas-antibody or the anti-cancer drug etoposide. Surprisingly, ectopic expression of p22PRG1/IEX-1 in HeLa cells transfected with an inducible p22PRG1/IEX-1-expression vector augments the susceptibility to apoptosis initiated by death-receptor ligands or by etoposide. In addition, p22PRG1/IEX-1 expressing HeLa cells exhibit an accelerated progression through the cell cycle. Transfection of an antisense hammerhead ribozyme targeted to p22PRG1/IEX-1 reduced the speed in cell cycle progression and decreased the apoptotic response to death ligands. Our data demonstrate that p22PRG1/IEX-1 is specifically induced during NF-kappaB activation, but this seems not to be related to the anti-apoptotic actions of NF-kappaB. Instead, NF-kappaB dependent recruitment of p22PRG1/IEX-1 might be related to a modulation in the cell cycle, and hereby, p22PRG1/IEX-1 may accelerate cell growth on the one hand, but may trigger apoptosis on the other. Oncogene (2001) 20, 69 - 76.