mesalamine, Lialda

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: mesalamine

BRAND NAME: Lialda

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

USES: Lialda is used for inducing remission in patients with active, mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. In clinical studies which compared mesalamine against placebo for 8 weeks, more patients in the mesalamine group achieved remission.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects are:

Other less common side effects include:

Possible serious side effects include an acute intolerance syndrome that resembles a flare of inflammatory bowel disease. Symptoms include:

These symptoms usually subside once mesalamine is discontinued. Since mesalamine is related chemically to aspirin, individuals who are allergic to aspirin should not take mesalamine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/22/2016

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