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What is Lialda prescribed for?

Lialda is used to treat and prevent mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic type of inflammatory bowel disease. It causes inflammation (swelling) and small sores called ulcers in the lining of your colon (large intestine) and rectum. Symptoms include abdominal (belly) pain and diarrhea that contains blood or mucus.

You can buy Lialda online at My Drug Center. We have the Lialda generic alternative available for purchase as well.


How does Lialda work?

The medication Lialda contains the active ingredient Mesalamine, which is an anti-inflammatory medicine. The Mesalamine dosage in this medication works by stopping the body from producing an inflammatory chemical in the intestines called prostaglandin. It reduces and prevents inflammation (swelling) and lesions in the linings of your colon and rectum.

Before taking Lialda or the generic, read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Lialda at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Mesalamine dosage in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. 

Your doctor will tell you how often to take the Lialda dosage, depending on your condition and how well your symptoms are controlled. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take your Lialda or Lialda generic dosage exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor, and continue to take it until you finish your prescription even if you are feeling better at the beginning of your treatment.

Swallow Lialda or Mesalamine generic tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them. Be careful not to break the protective coating on the delayed-release tablets.


Lialda or the generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Be sure to discuss other medical conditions, known allergies, and list any over-the-counter or prescription medications, and herbal products you are currently taking.

Side Effects

Some common Lialda side effects include:

Headache, nausea, stomach pain, infection or inflammation of the nose and throat, flare-ups in bowel condition, hair loss, itching

Some serious Lialda side effects include:

Kidney inflammation/failure/disease, liver disease or failure, infection/inflammation of the muscles or lining of the heart, blood abnormalities, allergic reactions, or acute intolerance syndrome

If any side effects of Mesalamine become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


What is Lialda?

Lialda, which is known as Mezavant XL internationally, is a prescription medication. It comes in tablet form for oral administration, containing a prostaglandin drug called mesalamine. Lialda comes in one strength of 1200mg (1.2g), which you can purchase with a valid prescription here at My Drug Center.


What is Lialda used for?

Lialda is a medication used for an inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. Using Lialda will help reduce inflammation and small sores that occur within the colon and rectum. This will ultimately help treat and prevent symptoms such as belly pain and diarrhea.


Why is Lialda so expensive?

Though the exact reason this medication can be so expensive in the United States is undetermined, there are a couple ideas as to why it may cost so much. In the United States, the brand is not generally covered by medicare plans and the generic is only covered by about half. Therefore, it is likely the entire cost will come out of the patient’s pocket. Another factor leading to Lialda’s high cost could be that it is a newer medication (2007) compared to Asacol HD (1992), another mesalamine medication. You can avoid these high costs when you buy Lialda online at My Drug Center.


How long for Lialda to work

It could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before you notice an improvement; the exact amount of time will vary between each individual based of a number of factors.


How long does Lialda stay in your system?

The half life for Lialda is about 7-9 hours; therefore it will take roughly 35-45 hours to clear out of your system after your last dose. When Lialda is metabolized, during the breakdown process, an inactive byproduct is created, known as a metabolite. This metabolite has a half life of 8-12 hours, which means the metabolite for Lialda could take 40-60 hours to clear out of your system.


How much does Lialda cost?

In the United States, prices for Lialda are often quite high, with retail prices in the high hundreds range. Even the cost for the generic is within the hundreds. At My Drug Center, both the brand name and generic Lialda can be purchased at an affordable price.


How to take Lialda?

When it comes time for your Lialda dose, simply swallow the tablet whole; avoid chewing, crushing, or breaking the tablet. Swallow the tablet with a glass of water. Typically, Lialda is taken once a day; however, if your doctor says otherwise, it is important to follow the directions given to you specifically by your doctor.


Who makes Lialda?

Lialda is developed and commercialized by a company called Shire, but the formulation was invented and licensed out by a company called Cosmo Pharmaceuticals.


How are Asacol HD and Lialda different?

These two medications are very much the same in a lot ways. The biggest difference between the two is the available strength. Asacol HD is available in 800mg whereas Lialda is a bit stronger; 1200mg per tablet. Another difference is within price; Asacol HD is typically more expensive than Lialda. Some other obvious differences between Lialda and Asacol HD include the name, manufacturer, and appearance.


When does Lialda go generic?

The generic for Lialda, which is already available for purchase, is sold under its active ingredients name, mesalamine. This generic alternative, as well as the brand, can be purchased with a valid prescription at an affordable price when you order through My Drug Center.

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