Has anyone had low folic acid while taking sulfasalazine I am not sure whether I should be taking it
Sulfasalazine : Has anyone had low folic acid while... - NRAS
I didn’t whilst I was on it, I assume the person who ordered the test will tell you what to do, have they not contacted you?
It was a read a article and it said sulfasalazine can decrease your folic acid ,I will phone the rheumi nurse and ask her thanks for replying
An article in what? Lots of rubbish around. And do you know your levels are low?
If you have a good diet most people have ok folic levels. So you would need to get tested to see if it is an issue.
so you haven’t been tested? I think it’s a very uncommon side effect which I assume you would know if you had it and would be given supplements. I wouldn’t do too much reading and going looking for problems, it can cause unnecessary worry 😊
I’m sure those of us who have taken SSZ would have mentioned that if it was so……I don’t remember ever reading a post saying that….speak to your rheumy nurse…she will confirm whether it is true or not.
I’ve been taking Sulphasalazine for more than 15 years. I’ve never been told I need to take folic acid. I’m currently on 2g (4 tablets) twice a day - double the usual dose for RA although lower than is often used for other conditions.
I am on sulpha with no side effects. xxx
most of the research seems to be quite old, like 1980s discussing Sulphasalazine and folic acid. The MRAS do mention it in the booklet, but seem to suggest you only need supplements only if taking MTX along side it. Best speak to your rheumatologist nurse, and get your levels checked, if you’re concerned. Especially if you have any of the symptoms such as worsening fatigue, sore tongue or ulcers, pale skin of loss of appetite. I wouldn’t worry too much about it though
Sulfasalazine raised my liver enzymes to levels that if I continued on it i would have developed medically induced hepatitis. I was put on Plaquenil, and have no further liver issues.
Hello Indersisive71, I just got a call today from the nurse - regular bloods show i am low in folic acid, not on sulfasalazine, apparently low energy and tiredness are the symptoms .This has happened a few time over the years on different drugs, it might be more to do with RA. DO you get regular blood tests done?
I take folate every day and have since I got RA except for when I was on MTX and then didn’t take it that day.
Sulfasalazine works for me. I also take Mtx. Folic 6 days a week (not mtx day).
Been on Sulphasazine for 16 years with no problems. Don't believe all you read. I tend not to