Lialda (Mesalamine)

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Lialda is an oral medication used to treat mild to moderate symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Lialda is a medication that contains the active ingredient mesalamine. mesalamine belongs to a class of drugs called aminosalicylates. It works by decreasing inflammation in the lining of the colon, which can reduce symptoms like abdominal pain, bloody stool, and diarrhea.

Mesalamine is used to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and proctosigmoiditis in adults and some children. Lialda is an anti-inflammatory agent that helps to reduce the symptoms of these conditions by decreasing inflammation in the colon. It helps to reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and stomach pain

Uses and Dosage

Lialda is available as a delayed-release tablet to be taken once a day with a meal as directed by your doctor. Do not crush, chew, or break the tablet as it may affect the drug's effectiveness. Drink a lot of fluids during the treatment unless advised otherwise by the doctor to avoid kidney stones. Please take the medication regularly at the same time every day to obtain the maximum benefit from it.

The dosage depends on your weight and medical history, and you should consult your doctor for further guidance.

  • The recommended dosage for Lialda in treating ulcerative colitis in adult patients with mildly to moderately active disease is between 2.4 g to 4.8 g (two to four 1.2 g tablets) once per day taken with food to induce remission.
  • For inducing remission, the dosage typically involves taking 2.4 g to 4.8 g of Lialda once a day.
  • For maintenance therapy, the dosage may be reduced to 1.2 g (one 1.2 g tablet) once per day.

Side Effects

Common Side Effects of Lialda (Mesalamine):

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Gas

Serious Side Effects of Lialda (Mesalamine):

  • Signs of kidney problem (change in urine output, blood in the urine)
  • Increased abdominal pain
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Yellowish eyes or skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Form and Strength

Lialda (Mesalamine) is available in the following forms and strengths:

Lialda: ER Tablet

  • 1.2 g

Mesalamine: Delayed Release Tablet (Enteric Coated)

  • 1200 mg


  • Avoid alcohol while taking Lialda, as alcohol can irritate the stomach and potentially worsen stomach-related side effects.
  • The safety of Lialda during pregnancy has not been established. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and are considering taking Lialda.
  • Children under the age of 18 years old, as safety and effectiveness of Lialda tablets in pediatric patients who are less than 18 years of age have not been studied. Therefore, children younger than 18 years old should not take Lialda without consulting with a doctor.
  • Before taking mesalamine, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies. It can contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other complications. Please consult your pharmacist for further details.
  • Before using this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or stomach blockage (such as pyloric stenosis).
  • If you have skin issues like atopic dermatitis or eczema, Lialda could make you more vulnerable to the sun. Limit your exposure to the sun, avoid tanning booths and sunlamps, and wear protective clothing when you are outside. To avoid sunburn or skin redness/blistering, apply sunscreen and report any adverse reaction to your doctor at once.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can Lialda worsen ulcerative colitis?

Rarely, mesalamine can worsen ulcerative colitis. If you experience any worsening of symptoms after starting this medication, such as increased abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, or fever, please contact your doctor right away.

Does the price of mesalamine vary by form and strength?

Yes, the price of mesalamine can vary depending on the form and strength of the medication.

How do you take Lialda?

Lialda is typically taken orally, once daily on an empty stomach, with a full glass of water.

How long does it take for Lialda to work?

The onset of action for Lialda may vary based on individual cases. It may take several weeks to start improving the symptoms of ulcerative colitis.

How should Lialda be stored?

Lialda should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture. It should also be kept out of the reach of children.


It's important to purchase Lialda from verified Canadian pharmacy.

Additional information

Generic name:



Delayed Release Tablet, ER Tablet


1.2g, 1200mg

Quantities Available:

90, 120, 360