Azulfidine vs. generic sulfasalazine

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   Posted 11/21/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy all,

I mentioned in another post that I had recently restarted sulfasalazine after giving up on low-dose naltrexone.

One thing I didn't mention (which I think requires a separate post) is that I've found generic sulfasalazine to be very upsetting to my stomach. The big famous brand name for sulfasalazine is Azulfidine, made by Pfizer. I found that this brand does not upset my stomach, even though I am not taking the enteric coated tablets (Azulfidine-EN). Not sure why this is, but that's the reality.

Price-wise, my local Albertson's pharmacy wants $42 for 60 tablets of Azulfidine, while generics can be had for $12. But the generic makes me feel ill. So a couple of days ago, I went down to Mexico (I live 10 miles from the border). Price down there for Azulfidina (it's Spanish name) is $12 for 60, and it's the real deal (even has the Pfizer logo). They don't sell generic "sulfasalazina" in Juarez, which is just as well.

Just mentioning this in case anybody is down there. You can buy it across the counter in Mexico without a prescription. I declared it at US Customs and they just waved me through, didn't even want to see the bottles.

Crohn's since 1988
3 resections

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 900
   Posted 11/22/2007 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Good for you Robert, Meds can get pretty expensive. Kuddos to you for finding a good deal and passing it on.
I have been on Sulfasalazine for years and absolutely have to take it with food and lots of water.
Happy Thanskgiving to you'll be able to afford a bigger turkey with your savings, LOL!
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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