Asacol vs. Lialda

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*Jen*
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   Posted 12/16/2008 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone had Asacol work and Lialda not?  My doc asked if I wanted to switch to Lialda, but I am scared to mess with anything while in a flare and the Asacol appears to be starting to work.  Colozal didn't work for me at all, so I am wondering if the same thing will happen if I go to Lialda.  I will definitely wait to make the switch until I stop breastfeeding and am sure I am in 100% remission, but just wondering if anyone has had Lialda NOT work.  Thanks!
Diagnosed: 
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 


jblue65
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   Posted 12/16/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Unfortunately, neither Asacol or Lialda worked for me. I am pretty sure that Asacol and Lialda are basically the same medication. You just take fewer pills.  I know that the LIalda was much more expensive than  the Asacol.

 


Jackie, 43

Pancolitis, DX October 06

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OkieStateGirl
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   Posted 12/16/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Asacol did not work for me but Lialda did.  You take fewer pills of Lialda & it reaches further down in the colon then Asacol.  A lot of the inflammation in my colon is toward the lower part of my colon and the rectum.  Since Lialda is suppose to reach further down in the colon I think that's why it worked for me!
Jennifer, 22
Diagnosed 2002-age 16
 
Imuran 100 mg
Lialda 2.4 gm
Prilosec 20 mg
 


Kobrocki
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   Posted 12/16/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
I was on Asacol for about a year and I was in remission and I had a check-up appointment and my G.I. doc told me about Lialda. I was super excited to try it because I was taking like 2 Asacol pills three times a day and if I'd get out of routine and miss a dosage, I'd worry about if I took it in enough time to not feel bad. Lialda is so convenient! You take it in the morning with breakfast and your set for 24 hours. It is more expensive than Asacol but they have this program right now where you dont pay more than 25 dollars for your prescription. Its been great to me.. When I flared up my second time after being on Lialda for quite some time, while in the hospital they gave me Asacol, not sure why but it didnt make a difference. I dont know about anyone else but fewer pills are always better to me! I hope I helped! smilewinkgrin
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*Jen*
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   Posted 12/17/2008 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks!! Anyone else have Asacol WORK and Lialda NOT work?? So nervous to change meds, but less pills are very tempting!
Diagnosed: 
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 


karlos
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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on assacol for 6 years.Then I changed it to lialda.It was a big NO for me.I tryed twice. I am back now to assacol again. yeah carlos

*Jen*
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   Posted 12/17/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. Colozal did not work for me and my last GI(I have switched now) told me Asacol wouldn't work as it was "essentially the same drug". He was WRONG, Asacol worked great. I am leary of these "same drugs" as I think they work differently on some of us. I'm sticking to Asacol for now. Why mess with a good thing?
Diagnosed: 
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 


theklep
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   Posted 12/20/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Lialda has been working for me quite well and I only take 2 a day...so just trying it is half the battle.
Jeff, 24, Diagnosed July 2007 probably had it since 2005 but no real symptoms till July 2007 *Update 3/25/08: Entire Colon UC*
Lialda - 2.4mg 2x Day
Rowasa 1x (for spot treating and flare ups)
Centrum Multi-Vitamin 1X Day
Probiotics by Ethical Nutrients- Intestinal Care (Started Recently During a Long Flare Seems To be Working Wonders) 2x day
Slow Fe (Iron supplement)- 1x day
Lexipro- 2x Day 10Mg


Luli
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   Posted 12/22/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
i was taking asacol for 2 years when i switched to lialda (b/c they had a promotional discount - it was new at the time - and my insurance sucks, so it saved me some $$).  i was in a minor flare at the time.  i thought it sounded convenient...and ultimately the same drug as asacol...but my symptoms actually got worse.  i stuck it out, thinking it would turn around, but i continued to get worse.  i'm back on asacol now.  i will never take lialda again.  but, everyone responds differently to things, so you never know...it may work for you...

qsam6
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   Posted 12/23/2008 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Same here! I switched from Asacol to Lialda and I had a bad reaction and it did nothing for my UC, I am back on Asacol.
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