Compare Asacol vs. Colazal

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Lialda
(mesalamine)

Colazal
(balsalazide)

Treats inflammatory bowel disease. Lialda (Mesalamine) is an effective first-line medicine for inflammatory bowel disease. There isn't a generic version and you'll have to take it multiple times a day.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Lialda (mesalamine)
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Reviews for Colazal (balsalazide)
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-28% worse vs. Lialda (mesalamine)
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-6% worse vs. Lialda (mesalamine)
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Side effects
AsacolColazal
  • Abdominal pain 4%
  • Eructation 1%
  • Pain 6%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Back pain 2%
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How it works
AsacolColazal
Lialda (Mesalamine) is an anti-inflammatory medication. Researchers don't know exactly how Lialda (Mesalamine) works in the colon, but it seems to lower the chemicals in the body that cause inflammation.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AsacolColazal
Prescription only
Available as
AsacolColazal
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Enema
  • Suppository
  • Pill
Used for
AsacolColazal
  • Ulcerative Colitis Mild To Moderate
Risk factors for serious side effects
AsacolColazal
  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Aspirin allergy
  • NSAID allergy
Detailed Lialda (mesalamine) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Kidneys and liver
    AsacolColazal
    • Not a good option if you have kidney disease.
    • Lialda (Mesalamine) is broken down by the kidney and liver. If you have kidney or liver problems, talk to your doctor because you may need to take a different dose of the medication.
    • Rarely, Lialda (Mesalamine) can cause liver injury, hepatitis, and liver failure. Let your doctor know and get medical attention if you notice yellowing skin or eyes.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    AsacolColazal
    • Effective first-line medication for treating and lowering the symptoms of mild inflammatory bowel disease.
    • About half the people who have mild to moderate colon inflammation and take Lialda (Mesalamine) will see improvement.
    • Available in tablets, capsules, enemas, and suppositories.
    • Certain forms of Lialda (Mesalamine) can be used during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you're pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant, and you want to take Lialda (Mesalamine).
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    Downsides and risks
    AsacolColazal
    • No generic versions are available for the tablets, capsules, and suppositories (meaning it could be somewhat expensive).
    • Doesn't work well for severe colon inflammation.
    • You may need to take Lialda (Mesalamine) three or four times a day.
    • Not a good option if you have kidney disease.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AsacolColazal
    • Don't take Lialda (Mesalamine) if you're allergic to aspirin. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any drug allergies you have before starting Lialda (Mesalamine).
    • Taking antacids with Lialda (Mesalamine) can make your inflammation worse. Talk to your doctor before you make any changes.
    • You can sunburn more easily when taking Lialda (Mesalamine). Use sunscreen and protective clothing when you go outdoors.
    • Don't break, chew, or crush the tablets because they're coated and won't work as well.
    • The suppositories should be kept in for at least 1 to 3 hours to get the most benefit.
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