Compare Delzicol vs. Lialda

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Delzicol (mesalamine)

Prescription only

Lialda (mesalamine)

Prescription only
Treats ulcerative colitis and helps prevent flares.

Delzicol (mesalamine) effectively reduces symptoms of a flare for mild to moderate ulcerative colitis in both children and adults, but can cause burping and stomach discomfort.

Treats ulcerative colitis and helps prevent flares from coming back.

Lialda (mesalamine) effectively reduces symptoms of mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis, and may be less irritating than other formulations, but is brand only, so may be more expensive..

Upsides
  • Delzicol (mesalamine) effectively treats ulcerative colitis flares.
  • This drug is often used as the first-choice treatment in adults and children.
  • If you have trouble swallowing the drug whole, the pill can be opened and you can swallow the tablets inside.
  • Can be used in children 5 years and older.
  • Lialda (mesalamine) effectively treats and helps maintain remission of ulcerative colitis.
  • Often used as a first-choice treatment.
  • Since Lialda (mesalamine) is a delayed release form, the pill is taken only once a day compared to other similar medicines and may be less irritating to the stomach and intestines.
  • Available as a generic.
Downsides
  • Treatment dosage must be taken 3 times a day for a total of 6 weeks.
  • Can take a few weeks before you start to feel the effects.
  • Delzicol (mesalamine) is not available as a cheaper, generic form.
  • Combination therapy with oral and rectal forms may be needed for some people.
  • This form of mesalamine isn't used for maintenance, only to help reduce flare symptoms.
  • Treatment dosage must be taken once a day for a total of 8 weeks.
  • Can take a few weeks before you start to feel the effects.
  • Combination therapy with oral and rectal forms may be needed for some people.
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Dosage forms
  • Delayed-release pill
  • Delayed-release pill
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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Burping
    26%
  • Abdominal pain
    21%
  • Constipation
    11%
  • Dizziness
    9%
  • Runny nose
    8%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Rash
    6%
  • Upset stomach
    4%
  • Flu syndrome
    4%
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5possible side effects
  • Ulcerative colitis
    6%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Kidney problems
    • Preexisting kidney problems
    • Taking medications toxic to the kidney
  • Liver problems
    • Preexisting liver problems
    • Taking other medications toxic to the liver
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • Sulfasalazine reaction
  • Abnormal response to Delzicol (mesalamine)
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  • Kidney problems
    • Preexisting kidney problems
    • Taking medications toxic to the kidney
  • Liver problems
    • Preexisting liver problems
    • Taking other medications toxic to the liver
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • Sulfasalazine reaction
    • Allergy to salicylates (aspirin)
  • Abnormal reaction to Lialda (mesalamine)
  • Upper gastrointestinal tract blockage
  • Drug & disease precautions
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