lialda and drinking

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/14/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All-

I'm new to the forum, but I had a question about Lialda and you all seemed friendly : )

Recently, when I've drank alcohol (and not in excessive amounts) I've gotten bad stomachaches or nausea. I'm wondering if it could be a side effect of Lialda (I take 1pill a day). I know there's no warning for it on the medicine.. However I was doing research on it and found this on webMD:

<<Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, liver problems, asthma, abnormal emptying of stomach contents into the intestine (pyloric stenosis), pancreas problems (pancreatitis), certain heart conditions (i.e., myocarditis, pericarditis).

This drug may make you dizzy. Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing other activities that require alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages>>

Anyway have similar symptoms? I was only recently diagnosed in the fall and have been in a full remission (knock on wood) since being on Lialda in November. Thanks

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 6/16/2009 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I have not had those symptoms are you on any other medications? It could be your body telling you to cool it with the alcohol. Usually our bodies know best. Try to lay off the sauce if it bothers you. It is for the best I'm sure.
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
Perrigo 1x Every night
Centrum Multi-Vitamin 1X Day
Probiotics by Ethical Nutrients- Intestinal Care (Started Recently During a Long Flare Seems To be Working Wonders) 2x day
Probiotics by VSL #3 (trying it out at 2x a day now)
Slow Fe (Iron supplement)- 1x day
Lexipro- 2x Day 10Mg
In What I Would Call a Remission....As Close to Normal As It Gets

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 6/16/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Lialda for a few months. I don't notice any effects from alcohol. Alcohol has always given me D so for me it's not the Lialda, it's the alcohol.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
Lialda, 6MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 6/16/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Lialda for 2 yrs and drink often. Never any problems unless I'm in a flare! Everyone is different though.
Diagnosed w/ UC in August 2007
Was in remission for almost one year (using only Lialda 4xday)
Rowasa and Canasa did not work.
Current status: In Flare since May 2009

4 Lialda/day maintenance, healthy diet
Starting Colal-Pred trial May 18, 2009, ended when hospitalized two weeks later.
Currently taking Flagyl, 60mg Prednisone (start tapering soon) and doc wants to discuss MP6.

Liza D
Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 166
   Posted 6/16/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I never had a problem with alcohol and Lialda and I was taking 4 pills a day! As a rule Alcohol is going to be hard for someone with UC. It makes anyone go more than usual and we are just more susceptible. At your next appointment I would talk to your doc about but I wouldn't make a special trip.

Honestly, I gave up drinking for a long time because of the UC. Really because of the steroids. But that was the easiest thing to cut out and still live a "normal" life. I use the term loosely.

Good luck. Hope you feel better. It will take some time to see what triggers and what helps.
UC (Pancolitis... 90%!) December 2001
Arthritis (2003)
Upper GI Ulcer (2006)
Osteopenia (2008)
Depression/Anxiety (2002)
J-Pouch May 2009

Meds just stopped working so I took the problem out! No more colon and all kinds of excitement!

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