Asacol or Lialda?

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FurtherAlong
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   Posted 1/23/2010 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Asacol for 10 years now and my doc suggested changing to Lialda.  Lialda is a once a day capsule, as opposed to taking 3 asacol 3 X a day . . . . Does anyone have experience with Lialda? 

Nanners
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   Posted 1/23/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have any experience with it but thought of changing to it too. But....I have been successfully using Asacol for about 5 years now and am afraid to rock the boat with a change to Lialda. You know the old why fix it if it aint broke thoughts. I will be watching this post to see if you here anyone having success with changing to Lialda.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

FurtherAlong
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   Posted 1/23/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Nanners,  I'm a little leery too . . . I have had great success with the asacol and humira . . . . I hope someone might be able to shed light on any differences with Lialda

Nanners
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   Posted 1/23/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
You might try our search feature and type in Lialda vs Asacol. I was able to pull up some posts from the UC forum discussing this subject. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

straydog
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   Posted 1/23/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Lialda since June of 05 and it has been great. Better than the other meds I have tried. I like taking two pills in the am and that's it. Just wanted to let you now it has worked for me.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


FurtherAlong
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   Posted 1/23/2010 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Stray Dog . . . this is helpful.

hydrotherapy
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   Posted 2/18/2010 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
i switched to Lialda from Asacol in June of 2008 i cant say enough about how much better it worked and only 4 pills a day instead of 16 it is nice to get up and take medicine once a day went into remission finally with that change and higher dose of remicade

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/18/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Asacol for my UC and I think I am going to switch to Lialda next month. My doctor said her patients do better on Lialda and I had a pretty massive flare up a couple months ago while on Asacol so now I worry about whether it is the best solution for me. I hope the Lialda helps.
March 2007: Diagnosed with mild proctitis - Treated with Canasa (as needed)
August 08 - December 08: Relapse & Anemic - Treated with Asacol (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day
January 09 - December 09: Remission!! Canasa nightly + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
December 09 - January 10: Flare :(
Current: 2.5mg prednisone, 9 Asacol


FurtherAlong
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   Posted 2/19/2010 3:40 AM (GMT -7)   
This is good news for me, I will start Lialda next week after about 15 years on Asacol.  I was worried about hair loss, but I think Asacol and Lialda are about the same for that . . . . I take 9 Asacol daily . . . .Dr. says to take 4 Lialda, is that too many??
 

jeanneac
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   Posted 2/19/2010 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
After a year on colazal and taking 9 pills a day of it, they switched me to lialda x4/day. My diseases is low in my sigmoid colon as far as we know. I was looking forward to taking a few pills a day. However, after a few days, I got diarrhea. After about a month of that I decided it was the lialda and went back to colazal-:) Sigh.... I hope it works for you. I really wanted it to work for me. Swallowing 9 pills of colazal a day isn't easy. I have to take other meds too. Too many pills to even count but at least they are all once a day. Good luck with it!!
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma, IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD
low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal
zoloft, rolaids, pepsid (as needed)

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hydrotherapy
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   Posted 2/19/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
here is a great article i found it shows how much better the results are with lialda it is a much better drug i almost lost bowel on asacol 16 pills a day and put in the hospital , switched my dose of remicade to 1000mg instead of 500 and liada 4 a day in morning it was so so awesome to start remission finally you will love lialda  here is an article about it greatness http://www.ccfa.org/ccfaprof/ibd-journal/Jan%202009%20-%20Effect%20of%20Extended%20MMX.pdf
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