Hi - the first time I was put on Lialda I was in a flare but I had very little bleeding. The Lialda and Canasa started to work within about
a week and gradually helped more over the next few months BUT...then I flared again five months later and the flare was much worse with lots of bleeding. I started Lialda again (along with Canasa) at that time and it did not help at all to stop the flare. To get the flare under control and to stop the bleeding I had to take pred along with the Canasa and the Lialda. I was on pred for 3 1/2 months because the flare was just that hard to stop...I never stopped the Lialda - in fact I still take it now to try to keep me in remission...with all that said...Lialda probably works differently for different people and different situaitons. My doctor did say that in general that Lialda for me anyway, is to be used more as a preventative drug...so I would say not to wait too long...if the Lialda is not working to control the bleeding...I waited too long to go back to the doctor - kept thinking the Lialda would work...by the time I went my flare was WAY out of control.
Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
Lialda varies 2-4 pills a day
Canasa on and off as needed
Just tappered off pred