Lialda

Generic Name: Mesalamine

  • What is Lialda?

    Lialda is a medicine used for the maintenance of remission of ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the colon and rectum).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lialda?

    Lialda can cause symptoms that may be difficult to distinguish from an ulcerative colitis flare-up. If you experience cramping, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, fever, headache or rash, tell your doctor immediately.

    Your doctor will check your kidney function before beginning Lialda and periodically throughout treatment.

  • Who should not take Lialda?

    Do not take Lialda if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or to salicylates (such as aspirin).

  • 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 medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lialda. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of kidney, liver, or heart disease.

  • 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 2-4 tablets once a day with meals, for up to 8 weeks.

  • How should I take Lialda?

    Take Lialda exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablets whole and do not crush or chew them.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lialda?

    Do not break or chew the tablets. Chewing them breaks the special outer coating.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lialda?

    If Lialda is taken with certain other drugs, the effect of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lialda with the following: azathioprine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen, or 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: gas, headache, itching, loss of hair

  • 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, 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 one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Lialda?

    Store at room temperature.