Lialda vs. Asacol

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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
My new GI doctor recently switched me from Asacol to Lialda and doubled the 5 ASA doasage that I was taking a day (now take 4 Lialda pills in the morning). 
My question is, has anyone seen improvements going from Asacol to Lialda and is 4 Lialda pills a lot to take at once?
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Diagnosed with PSC: 3/9 --now taking Urso
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
6MP - 50mg - 5/04/09 - 100mg - started 6/11/09 - back to 50mg 7/8/09
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Vitamin A Deficient - 10,000mg a day
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   Posted 8/29/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shadam -
I'm interesting in the Asacol vs. Lialda question also! My new GI wants me to consider switching on the hopes it might metabolize better. He said he'd put me on 4 a day, also, but have me take 2 in morning and 2 at night.
Let me know how you do!
Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses a day
Cortenemas or Rowasa from time to time
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Canasa as needed

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   Posted 8/29/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Four seems to be the standard dose. I have been on four Lialda a day for about two years. It's very much more convenient to take than Asacol or Colazal, but I don't notice much difference. All three are barely effective for me. I take the Lialda in conjunction with Remicade infusions.
47 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Achieved almost-remission mid October 2008 (rectum still inflamed). Having surgery in January 2010.

17 Remicade infusions (6 weeks sched: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 7/18/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D; Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Roweasa; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro; Xanax

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