If you have been prescribed Lialda, taking it as your doctor directs is important when it comes to helping to get your active, mild to moderate UC into remission as shown in two 8-week clinical trials — and helping to keep it there, as shown in a 6-month study.
Here are a few things to know if you’ve started taking Lialda:
Depending on your condition, the recommended dose may be:
- 2 or 4 tablets once a day with food to help achieve remission of active, mild to moderate UC
- 2 tablets once a day with food to help maintain remission of UC
Take Lialda as prescribed by your doctor.
Be sure to tell the doctor about all of the medication you take, including:
- Prescription and non-prescription medication, vitamins, and herbal supplements
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine
Lialda may cause serious side effects including:
- Kidney problems
- A condition that may be hard to tell apart from a UC flare. Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: cramping, stomach ache, bloody diarrhea, fever, headache, and rash.
- Heart-related allergic reactions, such as inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or the lining of the heart (pericarditis)
- Liver problems
Potential side effects to look out for
While taking Lialda, tell your doctor if you experience any side effects. In clinical trials, side effects with Lialda included:
- Ulcerative colitis
- Passing gas
- Abnormal liver function test results
- Stomach ache
In clinical studies of Lialda, inflammation of the pancreas also occurred. If this happens to you, your doctor may tell you to stop taking Lialda.
Other side effects may occur with Lialda.
Medications that contain mesalamine, such as Lialda, have been associated with a condition that may be hard to tell apart from a UC flare. Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: cramping, stomach ache, bloody diarrhea, fever, headache, and rash.
Potential benefits of taking Lialda
In 8-week clinical trials, patients with active, mild to moderate UC who took Lialda and achieved remission experienced the following:
- No rectal bleeding
- Less frequent bowel movements
- Improvement to the inside lining of the colon
Lialda was not effective for everyone.
Please see additional Important Safety Information below and the Full Prescribing Information (PDF) and discuss it with your doctor.