How is Lialda?

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 5/13/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
After a re-flare up my GI prescribed me with oral medication - Lialda!! Dosage will be lialda 3 x morning daily. This will be my first ORAL medication - i have used only suppositories till now.
How is this medicine - anything you would want to suggest me..any feedbacks? I will take this first much time does it take to show results.
Right now -FLARING (after my Rubella vaccination)
Diagnosed in Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly...doubled during flare
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas & No D!
Also gifted with Hypothyroid & have calicum deficiency family history!
Meeting with Doc next month - not yet on oral medication - Doc wants to try just Canasa first!
Also started Probiotic from 23 Mar & fresh Turmeric root from 25 March'09

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 53
   Posted 5/13/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
It has worked well for me thus far, albeit I have only been on it 3 months. Symptoms for me are a simple feeling of bloating and the occasional headaches. Other than that, it works well, in my opinion. I am one on pill per day, with left-sided colitis that was labeled as mild-moderate.

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 297
   Posted 5/13/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to stop taking it. It gave me the craps worse than what I had before I started it.
Age: 31
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: Mesalamine rectal meds, back on 100 mg Azathioprine, Lialda increased cramping & bms no longer taking

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 5/14/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on it for 2 yrs and love it. Only side effect I had was hair loss. I have super-thick hair and for months and months every time I took a shower there would be a big ol' mass of hair in the drain. I've heard people with thin hair really noticed it but for me it wasn't bad. It seems to have leveled off now. I take 4 a day.

oh, one other issue - the stuff is expensive! I pay $108/month, and that is with insurance. If I were to lose my job, I'd have to switch to Asacol or something that has a generic.
Diagnosed w/ UC in August 2007
Current status: In Remission since June 2008

4 Lialda/day maintenance, healthy diet

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 131
   Posted 5/14/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
4 a day got me into remission. I noticed a big improvement after taking Lialda about 3-4 days. In March, GI wanted me to drop to 3 Lialda (matience dose) a day after being in remission 8 months. I was scared to at first b/c last flare was hard to get under control, so just did 3 a day for every other day or so then finally started taking 3 a day every day. Well, I still felt fine and was in remission, so I decided on my own I would cut my 6MP back to 50mg per day b/c I hate the possible side-effects anyway. I always thought Liadla did the most to put me into remission. Now I am having flare-like days and normal days. I am back on 4 Lialda a day and 75mg 6MP and started Canasa to try to head this off. It's been about three weeks and I still have no verdict. If I ever get quiet again we're not changing ANY dosages.
  • 26 years old, married, Stay-at-home Mommy to 2 year old daughter 
  • Ulcerative Colitis since Sept. 2004
    • 1st flare Sept-Nov 2004
    • 2nd flare Aug. 2007-July 08 
  • Currently taking:75mg 6MP, 4 Lialda, Loestrin 24, Allergy meds., Digestive Advantage Sustenex, Maxalt when I get a migraine, Zanaflex to prevent migraines, and allergy shots once a month 
  • 10/6/08 Found a 1cm kidney stone in right kidney.  Had the stone blasted and passed the fragments.


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