Lialda (mesalamine) is a medication used to treat mild to moderate ulcerative colitis and maintenance treatment for ulcerative colitis remission. It is also indicated for patients with proctitis and proctosigmoiditis.
This anti-inflammatory drug works on the colonic epithelial cells. Although this drug’s mechanism of action is not fully known, it may have properties that could reduce inflammation by blocking cyclooxygenase and by inhibition of prostaglandin production in the large intestine.
Before taking this medication for the first time, make sure to read the medicine or prescription guide. Follow the instructions given by your physician. Lialda medication is available in a 1.2g delayed-release tablet.
This medication is taken orally, usually once a day. It is important to take it with food to aid drug absorption. Drink a lot of water after swallowing the tablet. Avoid cutting, chewing, or breaking the tablet to ensure that it will be released in the colon.
Do not increase or decrease your Lialda dose without any advice from your healthcare provider. In addition, do not stop taking this drug abruptly as it may lead to the relapse of symptoms.
Some of the common side effects you may experience when taking Lialda are:
Most side effects of this medication disappear on their own after a few days. If you experience serious reactions, you have to contact your physician right away. Some of the signs and symptoms you should watch out for are severe abdominal pain, persistent nausea and/or vomiting, severe headache, bloody diarrhea, blood in the urine, chest pain, difficulty breathing, and change in urine output.
Avoid taking Lialda if you have a known allergy to mesalamine or other compounds like aminosalicylate, salicylates, or sulfasalazine. In addition, tell your physician about your medical history, including liver disease, kidney disease, or stomach disease, as some conditions may worsen the side effects.
Limit your exposure to the sun becauseLialda may increase your sensitivity to the sun. Use sunblock lotion and protective clothes when having activities outdoors. Indoor tanning like tanning booths or sun lamps should also be avoided.
For pregnant women, this medication is unlikely to cause congenital abnormalities in unborn babies. However, if you are breastfeeding, Lialda could pass into the breast milk and may cause undesirable effects on an infant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Apriso vs Lialda – which is better?
Lialda and Apriso are both used as maintenance for the remission of ulcerative colitis. However, Lialda may also be used to induce remission of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis.
Lialda vs Asacol – which is better?
Both Lialda and Asacol are anti-inflammatory agents that could be used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis.
Can Lialda be used for Crohn’s Disease?
Lialda is one of the medications used to manage symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Lialda?
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Unless it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Take this medication at the same time of the day every day to avoid missing your doses.
How much does Lialda cost?
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