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UC Momma
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone!

I usually am on the Ulcerative Colitis board, but thought I would ask you guys and gals as well. I am currently taking Asacol 400mg, and am sick of taking some many pills. My GI suggested that I try Asacol HD (I tolerate Asacol well) and I was wondering if any of you take it??? What are your thoughts on the drug itself, cost, etc?

Thanks!

UCMomma
Diagnosed in 2007 w/ left sided colitis a year after birth of first child
First major flare after diagnosis in March 2009, flare free until miscarriage in March 2010
Currently taking 9 Asacol/day, Align probiotic, prenatal vitamin


gypsyfp
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   Posted 4/7/2010 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
You should look into Lialda.
It's just 2 pills a day, usually after dinner, and it's more commonly prescribed for UC than for Crohn's.
It's very mild like Asacol.
I didn't mind taking multiple pills with Asacol, but sometimes I would forget whether I took them or not so I would have to take them all out of the container and count them up just to make sure.
Sometimes, my stomach acids wouldn't even break the Asacol down and I would see them later. heh heh
Diagnosed with typical Crohn's at 16.
Got lucky with Asacol for a year, then even luckier with ten years of relative remission.
Now abscesses and fistulas are having an "atypical" Crohn's party around my junk.
My HMO refused the Remicade and now I could be going on Lialda or sulfa? blah


GDen
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I think Asacol HD is more expensive than regular Asacol. I got a free bottle of it, by signing up on their web site I think. Instead of of 6 pills/day, my gastro recommended 4 pills/day, so no big reduction there, plus the pills were bigger. He would've recommended 3 pills/day, but you can't split them.
Cimzia, Asacol


pmedic
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
GDen- I am curious why you are taking Asacol with Cimzia. Is it because the Cimzia doesn't hold you through the month?
Dx:Ulcerative Colitis March 2008
Dx: Crohns May 2008
No surgeries yet but I am desperately trying to keep my colon.
8 blood transfusions, SVT due to low H&H, Anxiety during new medication injections due to past reactions. 
Been through MANY medications with terrible results.
Currently on Cimzia, Welchol (for crohns), Ambien (prn), xanax(prn), Cod Liver Oil and Feosol iron.
Organic diet has made a big difference for me. 
Learning how to love life and relax. 


GDen
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   Posted 4/7/2010 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Asacol just helps in addition. It's my impression that most CD patients are on an Asacol type drug, in addition to another long-term drug (except pred).
Cimzia, Asacol


UC Momma
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   Posted 4/7/2010 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input everyone!!! :)
Diagnosed in 2007 w/ left sided colitis a year after birth of first child
First major flare after diagnosis in March 2009, flare free until miscarriage in March 2010
Currently taking 9 Asacol/day, Align probiotic, prenatal vitamin


mtgman
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
i take 15 asacol plls a day (when i remember)...
35 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently tapering prednisone (15 mgs) and I've been on 6_MP for 2 months.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 6 months...lost almost 30 lbs.


Grandpato2
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   Posted 4/7/2010 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
My asacol comes in 400mg pills. You said you take 400mg? gypsyfp what you thought were full pills were only the casing. they do look complete but they are empty.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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