I have officially been off Lialda, after my last flareup, since about 2013.
How did I do it? With the assistance of a naturopathic doctor.
Why did I do it? Have you seen the side effects? If not, let me enlighten you:
Lialda may cause serious side effects, including:
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- A condition that may be hard to tell apart from a UC flare. Call the doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: cramping, stomach ache, bloody diarrhea, fever, headache, and rash
- Heart-related allergic reactions, such as inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or the lining of the heart (pericarditis)
The most common side effects reported in clinical studies of Lialda were:
- Ulcerative colitis (ummm..ok)
- Abnormal liver function test results
- Stomach ache
In clinical studies of Lialda, inflammation of the pancreas also occurred.
the following adverse reactions were reported in two controlled trials:
Cardiac Disorder: tachycardia
Vascular Disorders: hypertension, hypotension
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: acne, prurigo, rash, urticaria
Gastrointestinal Disorders: abdominal distention, colitis, diarrhea, pancreatitis, rectal polyp, vomiting
Investigations: decreased platelet count
Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders: arthralgia, back pain
Nervous System Disorders: somnolence, tremor
Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders: pharyngolaryngeal pain
General Disorders and Administrative Site Disorders: asthenia, face edema, fatigue,pyrexia
Ear and Labyrinth Disorders: ear pain
Whew! That’s a lot! Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe in tossing out the whole entire idea of using pharmaceutical drugs, I just don’t advocate long-term use of them if you can help it.
If there is a situation where immediate intervention is needed, sometimes that is not the right time to go experimenting with something alternative and/or unknown.
But, if you do have to get on some type of medication I do believe in trying to find alternative options right away with the help of a knowledgeable healthcare professional so you’re not on the medication long term.
Pharmaceutical drugs can help in many situations, especially emergencies, but, unfortunately, they can also cause more harm than good. You have to know when to say no and listen to your own body. It will tell you what to do next.
If, for some reason, you need to stay on certain medications for conditions that are not common or life-threatening you can always make sure you’re healthy in other ways. Explore healing foods and/or supplements (ones that don’t interfere with your medication) that can help keep the medication side effects to a minimum and keep your body strong.
I am blessed that I was able to come off of Lialda so quickly and I’ve never felt better.