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SwollenColon
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   Posted 3/2/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
That's what a months worth of Entocort costs. My GI gave me 3 weeks worth of sample bottles when he prescribed it for me, and I had my prescription filled today. I only bought 15 days worth in hopes that I can find the generic (is there one?), or find it cheaper at a different pharmacy. Any advice from those who use it? It seems to be working really well for me, so I'd like to find a better deal.

ks1905
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   Posted 3/2/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
That's crazy!!!!!!!!


I've never used a Canadian pharmacy but others on this site have.... Canadian Pharmacies usually have much better pricing than the American Pharmacies.

You could get your GI to write a script for Prednisone; it is very inexpensive drug and will probably work better than Entocort but has many more annoying side-effects than Entocort.

--Keith
DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May 2007
 
Current Meds:  50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (250 mgs), Hyoscyamine .375 mgs
Supplements:  Forvia multi-vitamin
 


SwollenColon
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   Posted 3/2/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I've used prednisone, but it's not a maintenance drug. Entocort can be used long term without side effects. I can afford the Entocort, I'd just rather find a better deal.

serendipity24
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   Posted 3/3/2008 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I can absolutely relate! First, how much will your insurance cover for prescriptions?? Second, try calling the company that makes Entocort. Most drug companies offer financial assistance if you can demonstrate need. Also, look into having a doc at a public hospital prescribe it for you. I'm on Prograf (Tacrolimus) which was costing me around $800/mo at my university pharmacy in California. Now I get it prescribed from a doc I see once/year in Ohio who works for the public hospital there and it's under $400/mo. Still expensive, but WAY better.
Rachel

23 yrs old
Diagnosed with UC: March 2004 with probable IBS component

Currently taking:
Asacol 4pills 3x/day
Prograf 5mg/day
(Prograf is my miracle drug! It doesn't seem to be well known, but it's fantastic!)

Previously Tried:
Prednisone (works, but such awful side effects!), 6-MP (gave me acute pancreatitis), Entocort, Cipro (antibiotic), Bentyl, Canasa suppositories, a couple different enemas


SwollenColon
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   Posted 3/3/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
My insurance is an HSA, and they allow me $250/month in cash for prescriptions. I have a $2k out of pocket deductible, and after that is met, prescriptions are covered 100%. So, I'd be out roughly $750/month for my stuff for 3 months, then the insurance kicks in 100%. At least that's the way I'm reading it.

How does it make a difference in the price at the pharmacy by having a public hospital doctor prescribe it?
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