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luglug
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all. At the beginning of this year my medical insurance changed at work. Previously my Asacol and Entocort cost $50 each for one month refills. Now they cost $100 each. This is a lot of money and I was told about Wal-mart’s $4 prescriptions. I looked them up and found the following list of medicines in the Gastrointestinal Health section:

DRUG NAME AND DOSAGE............QUANTITY

BELLADONA ALKALOID/PB TAB..........60
CIMETIDINE 800MG TAB*..................30
CYTRA2 SOLUTION..........................180ML
DICYCLOMINE 10MG CAP..................90
DICYCLOMINE 20MG TAB..................60
FAMOTIDINE 20MG TAB.....................60
LACTULOSE SYRUP..........................237ML
METOCLOPRAMIDE 10MG TAB............60
METOCLOPRAMIDE SYRUP................60ML
PROMETHAZINE 25MG TAB*...............12
PROMETHAZINE PLAIN SYRUP*.........180ML
RANITIDINE 150MG TAB....................60
RANITIDINE 300MG TAB....................30

I of course will ask my doctor about the possibility of changing medicines, but I wanted some other opinions. Has anyone tried these, or do you know what each one translates to in the form of more commonly mentioned Crohn’s medicines.

And please, I hope nobody flames this post. I know there are many people that have no insurance or that are paying much more for medicine. I am just trying to explore possible options.

Thanks

Nanners
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Most of those meds look like they are for Gerd issues or meds like anti spasmotics. Nothing like Asacol or Entocort. I know Asacol does not have a generic yet, but I am wondering if the Entocort might have one. I wish I could remember the name of it, but I can't at the moment. Maybe someone will be along soon with the name.

Good luck,
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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Julia Hill
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

The generic name for Entocort is Budesonide. Asacol - Mesalamine. Hope this helps!

Julia

NostraHistoria
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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Luglug,

I am curious how you are doing on Entocort. Do you use it regularly or are you just using it now? I am in the 4th week of Entocort, and I still have blood. I read that it can take about 2 months to see results for some people. I am wondering if you could tell me how long it takes for you on Entocort to see results. Also, can you tell me how long you have been using it?
26m - Dx January 2005
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


luglug
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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies, I will definitely look into those generics you mentioned Julia.

NostralHistoria, I have been on Entocort for about three months now. I was given the impression it would be temporary, but I don't know. It took about 3 weeks for me to stop seeing blood. I was taking 2x 3mg twice a day. about a month ago that was reduced to 1x 3 mg twice a day, but it seems the blood is returning. I hope it starts working for you soon. And personally, I don't like it because it effects my mood, but I've heard that isn't very common.

NostraHistoria
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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for responding. How much blood were you getting? I am getting less now, but I am on a liquid diet. Since I started the liquid diet, I have had less blood. Before the liquid diet, I guess you could say I was having a lot of blood. Other than the blood, I was just getting mushy baby poop, just like I am getting now.
26m - Dx January 2005
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


luglug
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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are referring to the quantity of blood, I was having very little blood, about to the point where if I had less, I would have no blood. That might be why it may be taking a little longer for the Entocort to seem to be working. And I was getting the same kind of poop, but it did start firming up some. The frequency also reduced from going 5-6 times a day to 2-3. But it was nothing like what I saw my 3 1/2 year old boy pump out into the toilet the other day. LOL. I was cleaning him up wondering if I ever had poop that big. LOL.

NostraHistoria
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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Before I was put on it, I had pain in my stomach that was really bad and blood. The stool seemed sort of normal for me, just soft and mushy. As for the blood, sometimes I would just have a BM where there would be blood and maybe yellowish liquid. I usually have that yellowish liquid in the first phase of my BM in the morning before I have stool.
26m - Dx January 2005
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


beave
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   Posted 2/2/2009 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
There is no generic for Entocort, Pentasa, or Asacol right now.

If it were up to me, and I had to pay $100/month for Asacol, I wouldn't take it. The latest research shows it's of questionable benefit in Crohn's. Mine is cheap, so I keep taking it, though I'm not sure it does any good!

Entocort is a different story. It's pretty clearly shown to be effective for a good number of people, so it might be worth spending the $$ on.

heatmiser
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   Posted 2/2/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a generic for Colazal, which without insurance is still over $300 a month. My insurance copay is $35 now for that. My gi put me on it when I got dxd and my reg dr said he would have used asacol but kept me on it anyway, so maybe they are similar enough to give it a try. Salix pharmaceuticals also has had a coupon/card for people who take colazal and in the past I have used it and it has covered my copay completely. I probably should see if I can do that again with my new insurance.

HanooN
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
i also sorry to say no generic for either Entacort or Asacol. I personally tried Entacort for about 2 month it did not do any good for me. Think of Entacort as a baby Prednazone which means less side effect. my co pay for it would be only $25. and the $ 4 plan also requires your doctor to prescribe for you for 90 days supply to be eligible for it. i wish things will work for you.

I'm hoping since I'm in the hospital right now and soon going through Laproscoipic Surgery to stop taking all kind of med's. so pray for me

good luck for you all
Age:28
Diagnosed with CD in Jan, 08.
Meds: Prednisone(40mg), Pentasa (4mg), Hydrocodone, prilosec, Fish oil, Multivitamins
Surgeries : NONE
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luglug
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 2/3/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I will definitely pray for you HanooN and good luck to you as well.
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