I took Lialda for three weeks last fall trying to overcome side effects and get into remisiion along with Canasa. Talked to doctor and stopped Lialda because I refuse to take something that makes me sicker than UC. I had flu-like symptoms - all the ones described and hard to function even when you are not working, etc.
I think I gave it long enough to get used to the side effects and I was only taking one a day. UC did get some better!
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Cannot tolerate mesalamines, Canasa, etc. Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred.
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. for two more weeks and then down to 15 mg.etc. Added 6-MP Feb. 28.
Added Anusol suppositories - March 16 - see doc in 3 months.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.