Lialda (Mesalamine) is a once-daily anti-inflammatory medication. It treats diarrhea as well as damaged tissues. Taken after a meal, it will help you to achieve remission of active ulcerative colitis. Mesalamine ulcerative colitis treatment also works for mild to moderate cases in adults.
Before taking Lialda to treat your ulcerative colitis, make sure you read the medication brochure. Lialda contains sulfasalazine and aspirin, so if you have any allergic reactions to these two before, maybe you should opt for another treatment.
Also, if you have experienced any of these medical conditions below, you might want to consider other medicine than Lialda:
- A blockage in your stomach
- A blockage in your intestine
- Problem with liver function
- Heart problem including pericarditis or myocarditis
- Kidney problem
You need to inform your doctor if you are planning for a pregnancy, or currently pregnant. There is no further research yet to show whether Lialda is safe for the unborn baby or not. Taking Lialda is also not recommended while you are breastfeeding because it is still unknown if Lialda is safe for your baby or not. You must consult your doctor first if you are planning to give Lialda to your child.
Mesalamine Ulcerative Colitis Treatment
When using Lialda as ulcerative colitis treatment, you can take this drug orally. Always follow the dosage prescribed by the healthcare provider. Only repeat the medicine if your doctor advised you so. Additionally, do not break the tablet or chew it. You should swallow the delayed-release tablet whole. Similarly, do not damage the special coating on the delayed-release tablets. The coating is there to protect your stomach.
The recommended dosage for mild or moderate ulcerative colitis patients is two or up to four tablets of 1.2 grams after a meal. If there is no improvement after a few days, you should call your doctor immediately so he or she can examine your condition and adjust the treatment if necessary.
Things to Avoid During Mesalamine Ulcerative Colitis Treatment
Mesalamine absorption by the body could be disturbed by some antacids found in drugs or even food. You should talk to your doctor to find out which kinds of antacids goes well with mesalamine.
Mesalamine Ulcerative Colitis Treatment Side Effects
Call or visit your doctor immediately if you happen to have allergic reactions like swollen tongue or face, difficulty in swallowing, or difficulty in breathing.
Furthermore, you should stop using Lialda when you have one or more of the following:
- Diarrhea with blood
- Persistent stomach pain
- Coughing with blood
- Excessive vomiting
- Swollen ankles
- Problem when urinating
- Symptoms of liver function problems such as your skin and eyes turning yellow
- Loss of appetite
Some common side effects are:
- Sore throat, flu that lasts for a few days, or sinusitis
- Pain in your back
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
There are also some less common side effects when taking Lialda. Some patients reported having skin rashes, feeling anxious, swelling in the abdominal area, pain in the chest that spread to arms up to the neck, and persistent back pain.
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