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What are the possible side effects of Lialda?

Lialda (mesalamine), a drug to treat ulcerative colitis, can cause a wide range of side effects. Reported problems include:
  • headache
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • back and abdominal pain
Some side effects are similar to what you might experience during an attack of ulcerative colitis itself, so it may be difficult to know whether the drug or the condition is causing your symptoms. Tell your doctor if your colitis symptoms worsen or don't diminish, so he or she can determine out what is causing them.

Several very serious problems can also result from taking Lialda. The drug can cause changes in your kidneys and, in very rare cases, make them stop working. This is why your doctor will check your kidneys before you start this medicine and will likely test them periodically while you are taking the drug.

Some people may develop a dangerous inflammation in the sac around their heart or liver problems, a situation most common in people who have had allergies to similar medicines in the past. Be sure to reveal any past drug allergies, including to nonprescription drugs like aspirin, before taking Lialda.

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