Compare Lialda vs. Colazal

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

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..

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  • 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.
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  • 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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Used for
  • Ulcerative colitis (Mild to Moderate)
  • Active
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Remission maintenance
Dosage forms
  • Delayed-release pill
  • Pill
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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Headache
  • Abnormal liver tests
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
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The Colazal (Balsalazide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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
    • Allergy to salicylates (aspirin)
  • Abnormal reaction to Lialda (mesalamine)
  • Upper gastrointestinal tract blockage
  • Drug & disease precautions
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