Generic Name: Mesalamine

  • What is Lialda?

    Lialda is a medicine that is taken to cause remission of active, mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Lialda?

    Lialda has been associated with a syndrome that may be difficult to distinguish from an ulcerative colitis flare-up. If you experience cramping, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, fever, headache or rash, talk to your doctor immediately.

    Some patients taking mesalamine have reported heart-related reactions, such as inflammation of the heart muscle and inflammation of the lining of the heart. Tell your doctor if you have any heart conditions.

    Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any over the counter or prescription medications.

  • Who should not take Lialda?

    You should not take Lialda if you are allergic to salicylates (including mesalamine or aspirin) or to any of the ingredients of Lialda.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lialda?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medication you are taking before beginning treatment with Lialda. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ever had a history of kidney, liver, or heart disease. Tell your doctor if you have a condition called pyloric stenosis. Also, tell your doctor about any medication allergies that you may have.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is two to four 1.2-gram tablets taken once daily with a meal for a total daily dose of 2.4 grams or 4.8 grams. Treatment duration is up to 8 weeks.

  • How should I take Lialda?

    Swallow Lialda tablets whole. Do not crush or chew tablets.
  • What should I avoid while taking Lialda?

    You should avoid crushing or chewing Lialda tablets.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lialda?

    If Lialda is taken with certain other drugs, the effect of either medication could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lialda with the following medications: azathioprine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), 6-mercaptopurine.
  • What are the possible side effects of Lialda?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: headache, gas, loss of hair, itching

  • Can I receive Lialda if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lialda during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lialda?

    If you miss a dose of Lialda, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.
  • How should I store Lialda?

    Store Lialda at room temperature. Protect the medicine from moisture by keeping the bottle closed tightly.