Lialda Drug Class

Available only by prescription, Lialda® (mesalamine) is approved for the treatment of ulcerative colitis in adults. As part of a class of drugs called aminosalicylates, Lialda works by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lining of the colon. It decreases the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, chemicals that lead to the inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis.
Lialda is specifically approved to treat mild-to-moderately active ulcerative colitis, helping to reduce the symptoms seen with the condition. The tablets have a special delayed-release coating, which prevents them from dissolving until they reach the colon.
(For more information, click Lialda Uses. This article offers more details on the uses of this drug, including off-label uses, and discusses whether it is approved for use in children.)
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