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Lialda vs. Asacol

Are Asacol and Lialda the Same Thing?

Lialda (mesalamine) and Asacol (mesalamine) are aminosalicylate anti-inflammatory agents used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis, and also to prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from recurring.

Side effects of Lialda and Asacol are similar and include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas, fever, sore throat, flu-like symptoms, constipation, headache, dizziness, tired feeling, or skin rash.

Both Lialda and Asacol may interact with azathioprine, mercaptopurine, pentamidine, tacrolimus, amphotericin B, antibiotics, antiviral medicines, cancer medicine, aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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What Are Possible Side Effects of Lialda?

Common side effects of Lialda include:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach cramps,
  • diarrhea,
  • gas,
  • fever,
  • sore throat,
  • flu-like symptoms,
  • constipation,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • tired feeling, or
  • skin rash.

Contact your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Lialda including:

  • severe stomach pain,
  • fever,
  • headache, and
  • bloody diarrhea.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Asacol?

Common side effects of Asacol include:

  • mild nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach cramps,
  • diarrhea,
  • gas,
  • fever,
  • sore throat,
  • flu-like symptoms,
  • constipation,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • tired feeling, or
  • skin rash.

What Is Lialda?

Lialda (mesalamine) is an anti-inflammatory agent used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis, and also to prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from recurring.

What Is Asacol?

Asacol (mesalamine) is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis, and is also used to prevent the symptoms of ulcerative colitis from recurring.

What Drugs Interact With Lialda?

Lialda may interact with azathioprine or mercaptopurine, pentamidine, tacrolimus, amphotericin B, antibiotics, antiviral medicines, cancer medicine, aspirin or other NSAIDs. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. Lialda is not expected to be harmful to a fetus. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. This medication can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication if you are breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Asacol?

Asacol and Humira may interact with azathioprine or mercaptopurine. Asacol may also interact with pentamidine, tacrolimus, amphotericin B, antibiotics, antiviral medicines, cancer medicine, or aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

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How Should Lialda Be Taken?

The recommended dosage of Lialda for the induction of remission in adult patients with active, mild to moderate ulcerative colitis is two to four 1.2 g tablets taken once daily with a meal for a total daily dose of 2.4 g or 4.8 g. The recommended dosage for the maintenance of remission is two 1.2 g tablets taken once daily with a meal for a total daily dose of 2.4 g.

How Should Asacol Be Taken?

Asacol tablets should be swallowed whole, taking care not to break, cut, or chew the tablets, because the coating is an important part of the delayed-release formulation.

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References

Shire Pharmaceutical. Lialda Product Information.
http://www.lialda.com/
Allergan. Asacol Product Information.
https://www.asacolhd.com/

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