Posted 3/11/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -7)
If you like that, you wil probably like "dancing around the doctor's ego." It is when you know your body, your health, your disease, what you need, and you have to make him think it was his idea.

They will cover Asacol. It's just that they give me a strict yearly dollar amount on prescription drugs. Asacol is so expensive that when you add it to the other stuff I have to take I don't have much "leeway". If I get sick late in the year, I will have used up all my drug benefits. I have to "budget." If I knew for a fact I would not get any illnesses all year I could probably afford the Asacol. It is nerve-wracking trying to decide what to do.

Also, I have always had symptoms that don't bother me too much but Asacol made them a little worse and made me feel bad all over. It's just that I think I heard it decreases your chance of getting cancer.

I just had a bad thought. What if my doctor reads this forum and figures out it's me? Or recognizes himself! lol
Ulcerative Colitis since about 1976
Pan colitis since at least 1994
Never had a flare until MD gave massive dose of Magnesiun while hospitalized for bronchitis.
During subsequent hospitalization for the flare, GI looked me straight in the eye and said "don't ever stop using Asacol."
Insurance company thought otherwise so I'm on no meds.

Posted 3/12/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -7)
Wow... you've been thru alot in the last few days... the best thing to do when waitting for results is not to panic tho.. I've learned that panicing can only make things <pain> worse. :O( So glad you got your results and are ok!
I am with Manulife and they cover Asacol without a drug cap. I consider myself very lucky after reading your story. I had been in remission using Asacol pretty much since I was diagnosed and prescribed it. Only a week ago Monday I have had a flare up that seems very presistant. I am doubling the Asacol to see what happens.

LOL, and I hope your Doctor DOES recognized himself on here.. lol will be a good laugh for us and maybe and eye opener for him.
Ulcertive Colitis Diagnosed May 2004
Asacol 400mg 3 times per day
currently experiancing a flare up... increased Asacol to 6 times per day and may possibly add ENTOCORT 3 taken 3 times per day

Posted 3/12/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -7)
Have you checked with the makers of Asacol about a discount program? I know we've posted about it in the past. I'll try to dig up the post...

I hope things get better!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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