How Does Lialda Work?

Ulcerative colitis, which is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can often be successfully managed with Lialda® (mesalamine). So how does this drug work? As an aminosalicylate, Lialda works by inhibiting the production of certain chemicals in the lining of the colon that lead to the inflammation that is characteristic of ulcerative colitis.
This medicine comes in tablet form and should be taken by mouth once daily, preferably with a meal. The tablets have a special coating and should never be broken, chewed, or crushed. In order to ensure the effectiveness of each dose, you must take this medicine as prescribed. Lialda will not work if you stop taking it.
(Click Lialda to learn more about this treatment for ulcerative colitis, including possible side effects, what to do in cases of overdose, and more.)
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