Balsalazide affects a substance in the body that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and diarrhea. The Colazal brand of balsalazide is used to treat mild to moderate active ulcerative colitis in adults and children who are at least 5 years old. The Giazo brand of balsalazide is used to treat mild to moderate active ulcerative colitis in men who are at least 18 years old. Balsalazide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Colazal (also known under the generic name balsalazide) is an anti-inflammatory drug that belongs to a class of drugs referred to as aminosalicylates. It is used in treating a certain bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a condition characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the tissue that forms the colon lining. How exactly Colazal works is not fully understood but it appears to reduce the inflammation of the colon by inhibiting the production of substances that trigger inflammation in body.