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Charles Nesby
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
My mother has been in flare-up all year. Her doctor just prescribed Lialda-Mesalamine Does anyone know if it works

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 169
   Posted 11/12/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It didn't do anything for me, but for many it works. Most patients seem to start out with asacol, which is the same medication as Lialda but you don't have to take so many pills. Hopefully it works!
UC diagnosed Dec. 2006
Azathioprine 200mg/day
Multivitamin, fish oil, fiber supplement, Nature's Way Primadophilus Optima, Digestive Advantage Crohn's & Colitis

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
doc wants me to change to lialda does your mom have any side effects from it

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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 210
   Posted 11/19/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I just switched to Lialda from Asacol. I have had no side effects from it.
Lialda 3 tablets  daily
Remicade every 8 weeks
Folid Acid daily
Methotrexate 3 times a week
Align Probiotic

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 517
   Posted 11/19/2008 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   


UC is so personalized that what helps one might not help another.  Lialda is one of the more tolerated drugs with few side-effects for many, but others do not respond to it at all.  I'm taking it, and honestly, I can't tell if it is the Lialda helping me out (which I doubt), or if it is the pred, along with the diet changes I made recently.

When your mom starts on Lialda, keep an eye on her symptoms, and if after a couple of weeks it isn't helping, let your doc know. 

I'm not sure if you said, but adding a probiotic could make more difference in reducing symptoms than relying on Lialda alone.  Look at member's signatures for ideas on what supplements others are taking.  Most are using a probiotic, and there are quite a few of us that swear by the probios.  Once you start taking one though, it is an indefinite supplement, so it'll part of the med regime for the forseeable future.

Good luck, and I hope your Mom starts feeling better soon.  The first few years of dealing with UC are the hardest, because there really isn't any one solution for everyone.  Keep trying until you find something that works.

36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements: Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone, flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.

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