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Lialda (Mesalamine)

Prescription only

Remicade (infliximab)

Prescription only
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.

Calms down your immune system.

Remicade (infliximab) is an effective treatment for many autoimmune diseases, but you can have serious side effects.

5.4/ 7 average rating with 55 reviewsforRemicade
Upsides
  • 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).
  • People taking Remicade (infliximab) for ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions had more clinical response, clinical remission and symptom improvement compared to people who did not take Remicade (infliximab).
  • People who were also taking steroids for treatment were able to discontinue steroid use while taking Remicade (infliximab).
  • Remicade (infliximab) has almost two decades of clinical trial data and real-life experience with many people who have used it.
  • After the initial dosing, you only need to take Remicade (infliximab) every 6-8 weeks, depending on your condition.
  • Compared to other medications used to treat autoimmune conditions, Remicade (infliximab) has not been associated with as many harmful effects during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • You have to receive this medication at your doctor's office or clinic. You might need to be tested regularly for tuberculosis.
  • Remicade (infliximab) lowers your ability to fight infection and can cause serious illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, or have a history of diabetes or tuberculosis.
  • Remicade (infliximab) can in some cases worsen symptoms of heart failure or neurologic conditions. People 65 years and older may have more side effects from this medication.
  • In rare cases, Remicade (infliximab) has been associated with cancers in children and adolescents.
  • No generic available, so it can be costly.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Enema
  • Suppository
  • Injection
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Reviews
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55 
76%
think this treatment is worth it
62%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Headache
    35%
  • Abdominal pain
    18%
  • Eructation
    16%
  • Pain
    14%
  • Nausea
    13%
  • Pharyngitis
    11%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Asthenia
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Back pain
    7%
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The Remicade (infliximab) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Serious allergic reactions

    Asthma

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reactions

    Phenylketonuria (PKU)

  • Worsening kidney or liver function

    Kidney problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Blood disorders

    Age 65 or older

  • Liver toxicity

    Liver problems

  • Worsening of colitis

    Taking Lialda (Mesalamine) at the start of treatment

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  • Serious infections

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Cancer

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart failure

    History of heart failure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Nervous system effects

    History of nerve problems

  • Lower blood cell counts

    Ongoing or history of blood problems

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