Generic Colazal

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doors12
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   Posted 4/1/2008 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I know there was already a thread with this subject, but I could not pull it up with the search feature.
 
I was recently switched to generic from Colazal
 
Anyone know offhand who I'd be up against if I tried to remain on Colazal - my insurance company or Caremark (mail order prescription supplier)?
 
I've just ran out of the brand name and been taking the generic, and so far I can't know anything, but I've had a couple of "twinges" of pain where I think my problem was mostly (transverse).
 
and I had a strange bowel movement like I haven't had in a while - totally pulverized and massive (sorry)
 
So, it's too early for me to know, but I guess it's not too early for me to start thinking what I would have to do to get put on the brand name only.  I wouldn't want to end up in bad shape because I got switched and then figure it out after the fact.
 
Thanks
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
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tiggertenn
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   Posted 4/2/2008 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   

I too was switched to generic from Colozal last month.  I've been wondering if it is as good as the brand name.  When my pharmacy called to tell me that the brand would be over $300 vs the generic at $15 I of course told her to use the generic and I got on the phone to my doc.  The doc's office said there is no difference, but now here I am going to see him today with a possible fistula.  I'm going to have a long and serious discussion with him about this change along with a few other things. 

I've also noticed that the generic has a plastic taste that Colozal didn't and that it doesn't go down as easily.  It could be my imagination, but I think the generic is also slightly larger pills than the brand.  It all makes me mad when I think about it, I'm just about ready to take on my insurance company and ask them exactly where they think they get off doing this to people?

I hope all works out for you and that the twinges are fleeting and just a fluke!

Tiggertenn


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Colazal 3 pills 3x a day
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tjf
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   Posted 4/2/2008 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I had some issues w/ generic colazal. I called my insurance and they okayed me (w/ a higher co-pay) to continue w/ name brand Colazal. My GI was fine w/ it and switched me back.

Mine was constipation issues w/ the generic. I'll try to find the old thread for you and see if there is more info there.
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lemonhead
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   Posted 4/2/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I also had problems on the generic.  Mine was D though.  I went back to my Gi and he told me that the generic (and there are many different ones for Colazal - 5 I think) I was on was made in China and it was only about 80% the same as the name brand.  He immediately switched me back to name brand, and just wrote "dispense as written" on the prescription.  Just a higher co-pay for me. 

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Old Hat
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   Posted 4/5/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Considering what was recently reported about components from China being used in heparin, that's really scary if some generic Colazal originates there! I hadn't heard that possibility! Today I went to pick up a refill at my neighborhood pharmacy, but the pharmacist apologized for not having it ready & said that they had to order it. I asked if that was because of the generic coming on the market recently, and she replied: "No, as far as I know you will still get original Colazal because the city health dept. has not yet approved sale of the generic locally." Of course I found this info fascinating! A couple hours later the pharmacist phoned me at home to say that the generic has reached their warehouse, though at this point she doesn't know which pharmaceutical has supplied it. I'll have to wait a couple more days to lay hands on it-- then if it doesn't work for me, my insurance will require a $213 co-pay for original Colazal. They get us coming & going! Something else to worry about ... because original Colazal has worked for me better than any other 5-ASA to-date. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

barbl
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   Posted 4/5/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on generic for 1 month with absolutely no problems yeah
Dx'D in 1990. Remission 1991 - 1/2005
Both flares were in extremely stressful times in my life
Colonoscopy 10/2005 80% of Colon diseased, or as I like to say "Intestinely challenged"
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/5/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I would certainly ask your doc for the "dispense as written" script. I'd hate to pay more, but I think I'd hate to flare even more than that!

It is crazy what we have to pay for meds...
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Old Hat
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   Posted 4/5/2008 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
The pharmacist mentioned today that w/o insurance 270 Colazal capsules (9 x 30 days) now costs $800 in the city. I think that when we did the earlier thread around Christmastime Sodbuster wrote that it costs $700 upstate for that same amount w/o insurance. / Old Hat

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   Posted 4/7/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
The pharmacist phoned today to say that I'm getting the Watson generic Colazal, the one that was authorized by Salix in December 2007. Apparently there are 3 other generics available, made by Apotex, Mylan, & Roxane. I think Judilyn wrote in our earlier thread on generic Colazal that her prescription has been filled with the Watson version, and so far, so good. / Old Hat

JewelsOK
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   Posted 4/7/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
For what it is worth, my daughter has switched to generic and has not had any changes. Thankfully she is doing very well. I believe hers is made by Mylan.
Julie

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doors12
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   Posted 4/7/2008 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder how I find out which Generic I have?
 
Mine just has numbers on the pill.
 
I've probably only been on it for 2-3 weeks, but so far, it seems to me like maybe it doesn't work quite as well, or isn't quite as strong...
 
I seem to get that feeling like I used to get if I skipped a Colazal dose (yes I can feel it for sure) but now I get twinges etc right about when I'm due for my next dose.
 
I'll keep an eye on things.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 


Old Hat
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   Posted 4/7/2008 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Doors12-- your pharmacist should be able to look up your prescription record & tell you which generic was supplied. / Old Hat
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