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How can I minimize the side effects of Lialda?

You can minimize side effects when taking Lialda (mesalamine), a drug for ulcerative colitis, by taking it exactly as your doctor instructs. You need to take the tablet whole. Do not chew, crush or cut it.

Give your doctor a list of all your prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbal remedies, and supplements so he or she can review it for possible interactions. For example, if you take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen while on Lialda, your risk of kidney damage increases.

Your doctor will monitor you closely if you are 65 or older, or if you have had an illness involving your kidneys, pancreas, liver or heart, since these organs may be affected by the drug.

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