Hi Silver Sky,
I was diagnosed with Pancolitis in March of this year. Started Lialda 2 pills a day and increased to 4 and stayed on 4 since August of this year.
I've had two flares since March. One in August and one in September. The increase to 4 Lialda got me over the flare in August and going on pred while staying on 4 Lialda got me over the second flare. I'm still on 4 Lialda.
I would say that within a couple of days, when I started Lialda in March, my symptoms dramatically improved. I went from 15 or more episodes of diahrea to less than five and eventually to formed bms within that month. Bleeding went away within that week of starting as did cramping and urgency to go.
I am so pleased with Lialda. I love taking them after b'fast in the morning and not having to remember again. I was on omega 3 for triglycerides and typically forgot my evening dose and the doc switched me to a different med taken in the AM one time.
Lialda is supposed to coat the entire colon and not just certain places, as I've read the other 5-ASA's do. I have been in remission since getting off the prednisone on Nov. 26th and still on the four Lialda.
I hope things go as well for you (or better!) as they have for me with Lialda!!
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07
4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
Started 40 mg. Prednisone on 9/16/07 and DONE as of 11/26/07!