Lialda (Mesalamine) Customer Reviews


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Mesalamine is a medication employed for the treatment of ulcerative colitis, a medical condition characterized by inflammation and ulceration in the lining of the colon and rectum. Mesalamine belongs to the category of pharmaceuticals known as anti-inflammatory agents, and it operates by preventing the body from producing specific substances that may provoke inflammation.

Uses and Dosage

Mesalamine is available in various forms such as delayed-release tablet, delayed-release capsule, and extended-release capsule for oral consumption. In adults, the delayed-release tablets are usually taken once daily with food. The extended-release capsules are usually taken once a day in the morning with or without food.

Follow the instructions on the prescription label carefully and seek clarification from a doctor or pharmacist if any parts are unclear. Mesalamine should be taken as directed without taking more or less of it or taking it more frequently than prescribed.

Delayed-release tablets, delayed-release capsules, and extended-release capsules should be swallowed whole without splitting, chewing, or crushing them. Be cautious not to break the protective coating on the delayed-release tablets.

In the case of difficulty swallowing extended-release capsules, the capsules can be opened and the entire contents can be sprinkled on a tablespoon of applesauce or yogurt and swallowed immediately without chewing. In the case of delayed-release capsules, carefully open the capsules and swallow the entire contents of each capsule without chewing and then drink a glass of water to ensure that all the medicine is swallowed.

While taking mesalamine, ensure that you consume plenty of fluids.

Continue taking mesalamine until the prescription is finished, even if symptoms have improved at the onset of treatment. Do not stop taking mesalamine without consulting a doctor.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • muscle or joint pain, aching, tightness or stiffness
  • back pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • heartburn
  • burping
  • constipation
  • gas
  • dry mouth
  • itching
  • dizziness
  • sweating
  • acne
  • hair loss
  • decreased appetite

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • rash, hives, itching or peeling or blistering skin
  • mouth sores or blisters
  • fever or flu-like symptoms
  • swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, mouth, or throat
  • swollen glands
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • new or worsening cough
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • black or tarry stools
  • bloody vomit
  • vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds
  • swelling of any part of the body
  • side or back pain
  • difficult or painful urination, or pink or red colored urine, or blood in urine
  • extreme tiredness
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • pain in the right upper part of the stomach
  • pale stools


Prior to taking mesalamine, inform your physician or pharmacist if you have any allergies to it, to other aminosalicylates, such as balsalazide or olsalazine, to salicylates like aspirin and salsalate, to sulfasalazine, or any other allergies. Inactive ingredients in the product may cause allergic reactions or other issues.

Disclose your medical history, particularly if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or stomach blockage, like pyloric stenosis, to your healthcare provider before using this medication.

Using this medication may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, especially if you have skin issues like atopic dermatitis or eczema. To prevent any adverse effects, limit your sun exposure, avoid tanning booths and sunlamps, use sunscreen, and wear protective clothing when outside. If you develop sunburn or skin blisters/redness, notify your physician immediately.

Similar to aspirin, individuals under the age of 18 should not take aspirin or aspirin-related medications if they have chickenpox, flu, or an undiagnosed illness or have recently received a vaccine. Taking aspirin in such cases increases the risk of Reye’s syndrome, which is a rare yet severe illness.

During pregnancy, the use of this medication should only occur when necessary. Discuss the benefits and risks with your physician.

This medication passes into breast milk and may cause negative effects on a nursing infant. Consult your physician before breastfeeding while taking mesalamine.

Form and Strength

Lialda is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Lialda extended-release tablet:

    • 1200mg
  • mesalamine delayed-release tablet:

    • 1200mg


Can Lialda be taken long term?

Maintenance of remission means taking Lialda on a long-term basis, even when you don’t have symptoms. This keeps the disease under control and helps prevent your symptoms from coming back.

How long does it take for Lialda to work?

Most people start to improve within 1 to 3 weeks after they start taking mesalamine. If you don’t get relief from symptoms that quickly, be patient. It can take up to 6 weeks for the medicine to put you into full remission.



Additional information

Generic name:



Delayed Release Tablet, ER Tablet


1.2g, 1200mg

Quantities Available:

90, 120, 360

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