Anyone hear of Lialda?

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   Posted 2/2/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
 I have been reading so many of your posts on here and it seems like no one is on Lialda. My GI doctor has had me on it for 2 years now, ever since I was diagnosed, but no one seems to know what it is, not even other doctors I see. Does anyone here take it? Anyways, it really doesnt seem to be doing anything but the Dr. says it is.... I am having a bad flare up, guess its back on the prednisone. Still waiting for this Humira to start working. Hopefully soon.

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   Posted 2/2/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
This drug goes by a number of names- 5-aminosalicylic acid, 5-ASA, Pentasa, Rowasa, Asacol, Lialda, and Canasa- and is generally used for the management of relatively mild disease. As the name implies (the "salicylic acid" part, anyway), it is an anti-inflammatory that is not too different from aspirin, but its function tends to be greater in the gut.

Of the drugs for IBD, it offers probably the highest benefit to risk ratio. It is also relatively inexpensive, and- for some lucky people- it may be possible to entirely manage the disease with 5-ASA and some lifestyle (reads: diet, supplements, and exercise) changes alone.

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   Posted 2/2/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I think Lialda is more commonly prescribed with UC.
My GI wanted me to go on Remicade for a fistula/abscess combo, but the HMO wouldn't let her give it to me and so I am on Lialda.
I've been taking it since yesterday only and so far haven't suffered any side effects.
I think GIs are more likely to prescribe this if you have Crohn's related problems in the rectum because it takes the longest to dissolve???
What about you? Where is your Crohn's active and do you get headaches from the Lialda? I read that that is the most likely side effect.
Diagnosed with typical Crohn's at 16.
Got lucky with Asacol for a year, then even luckier with ten years of relative remission.
Now abscesses and fistulas are having an "atypical" Crohn's party around my junk.
My HMO refused the Remicade and now I could be going on Lialda or sulfa? blah

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   Posted 2/2/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Lialda was the first thing my doctor put me on. I was only on it for three or four months as it didn't really worrk completely for me. It was definitely doing something, though, as I went about a month between going off Lialda and starting Humira and that tore up my insides. I wouldn't stop taking it until your new med started to kick in.
22 years old, Female.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Ileocolitis November 2008.
Currently taking 6MP, 7.5 mg prednisone.
Hoping to start Remicade soon.

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   Posted 2/2/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on it for almost 3 weeks. the first few days, I felt much better but that was probably a fluke. The longer I am on this, the worse I feel. I have lost my patience. Put in a call to the doctor. We'll see what they say. Can people allergic to sulfa take this drug? I heard it was mesalamine and there is a warning not to take it if you are allergic to sulfa. I am allergic to sulfa and wonder if this is the problem? I hope it is working better for others.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma, IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia
low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, diovan, progesterone, lialda, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
tried just about every antidepressant known with so many side effects, still trying to find the right one
switching to prozac today
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel

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