Colozal Generic --- (Balsalazide??)

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   Posted 3/2/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought you guys might be a better source to ask - since my pharmacy just gave me the run around.  I went it to get my monthly Colozal refills and was told my insurance refused to cover it all of a sudden (lovely when it jumps from a $20 copay to $300 sad )   After a 45minute debate they finally informed me a generic had come that Balsalazide?  Anybody else been switched over?  Anything I should be worried about?

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   Posted 3/2/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I didn't know that there was now a generic. I was on that until two months ago. For my rx insurance Colazal was a non formulary non preferred drug, so my copay was $80. That is great if there is now a generic. Take care.
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   Posted 3/2/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Just be careful of the generic. At least the info I was given was that the generic didn't have to have the exact same makeup as the original. The FDA allows for some margin of error on the active ingedients and the fillers, and in that margin of error you may lose some of the effectiveness. I have had issues when switching from brand name birth control pills to generic and that was the information the pharmacist gave me. If the generic doesn't work as well for you, you should be able to get your doctor to ask your insurance to approve the name brand.

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   Posted 3/2/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   

I, too, just last month experienced the same thing.  I called in a refill of my Colazal prescription and went by the next day to get it.  The girl at the pharmacy window said, "That'll be $284."  WHAT?!?!?  I said, "No, it should be $25."  And we went back and forth until she finally said that there was a generic now for Colazal and that is the only one my insurance would cover.

In fact, just that same week, I'd received a letter from my insurance company saying they would no longer cover my Rx for Nexium; I'd have to get the generic.  GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!  I don't know WHY they didn't tell me the same thing was going to happen with the Colazal. 

So I had to leave the pharmacy without my Colazal and call my GI to find out if HE thought it was OK for me to take the generic.  His nurse said he said it'd be fine.  So back I went to the pharmacy to have them fill the BALASIZIDE...or whatever you call the generic of Colazal.   OMG, I HATE not being able to pronounce a drug that I'm taking! tongue

Of course, so long as the generic works, I won't complain as now I'm only paying $10!  But still, it's the principal of the thing.  I feel like I'm being given the lesser version of the medication I need.

It is true, though, that if your GI thinks the generic is not good enough for your situation, he can call your insurance company and tell them to cover the Colazal.




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Currently taking Colazal, Nexium, One-A-Day multivitamin
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   Posted 3/2/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
The big difference with most people on generic drugs is the side effects can be worse-my doctor has told me ahead of time that if any of my meds cause unpleasant side effects she will write me brand medically neccessary scripts so I can get brand name drugs-my insurance company charges a larger co-pay but they do cover some of the cost of the brand name drugs.
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