Generic Asacol/Pentasa?

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indigosunrise
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   Posted 1/5/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know if Asacol/Pentasa come in a generic form yet? 
 
Also are they both the same only under a different name?
 
Thanks a bunch!

Nanners
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   Posted 1/5/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
To my knowledge they aren't generic yet. I take Asacol and when I get refills its always Asacol and if a generic were available my insurance would have definetly already changed me to it.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Nanners
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   Posted 1/5/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
And no they are not the same, only in the same family. One works higher up in your intestines and the other for the lower parts.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


stkitt
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   Posted 1/5/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
No generic on that medication yet.  Sorry. Asacol and Pentasa have the  same chemical structure. Reference: PDR Pocket Guide 7th Edition
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/5/2008 11:25:13 AM (GMT-7)


indigosunrise
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   Posted 1/5/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for your replies.  Here's hoping they become generic sometime soon! 

So if one of them works up higher than the other one, can you possibly be put on both of them at the same time?


gumby44
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   Posted 1/6/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never heard of being on both at the same time. The Pentasa releases in the small intestine but then passes through the rest to the system. The asacol releases lower, I believe
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007
currently taking Pentasa 2750 mg- 9pills/day and on and off Prednisone for flares


teddybearweiser
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   Posted 1/7/2008 3:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have been on Asacol for sometime now and there is no generic.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007
 


Clcaj
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   Posted 1/8/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

This weekend, I filled my Colozal and the pharmacist said the computer was showing that a generic will soon be available.   That surprised me since Colozal is newer than Asacol.  They've both worked for me in the past - just sometimes, the Asacol wasn't dissolving before it left my body, so my doc switched me to Colozal.  

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a generic for Colozal will be in soon - the pharmacist said possibly next month!!!


DX: mild to moderate Crohn's for 34 years
Additional benefits: chronic anemia, B12 deficient, peripheral neuropathy, facial mylagsia, joint pain, underactive thyriod
Current meds: Colozal, Nexium, Entocort, Flagyl, steriod cream, monthly B12 injections, Neurontin, Synthroid, Effexor ER, pain meds as needed


Jen77
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   Posted 1/8/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope, but boy do I wish there was. It's $30 a month for me, which is better then if I didn't have insurance I know. But it's still painful when you've got other meds to buy!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.

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