What should seniors know before taking Lialda?

Seniors taking Lialda (mesalamine) to relieve their ulcerative colitis symptoms should be aware that a given dose may produce higher blood levels of the drug for them than for a younger person. If you're an older person, your doctor may start you on a lower dose than is typical for a younger adult.

Also, reports suggest that people age 65 and older who take Lialda have a higher incidence of pancytopenia, a blood condition characterized by an abnormally low number of blood cells and platelets. Your doctor will monitor you closely for this adverse reaction.

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