Generic Rowasa

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sodbuster19
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   Posted 4/23/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, just refilled my script, and got generic Rowasa this time, so I'm not sure how well it'll work. I'm hoping for the best. Has anyone noticed any difference between name brand and generic?

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Generic Colazal, 2 2xday
Acidophilus Probotic 3 times/day


Pooper Bowl Champ
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   Posted 4/23/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
about 5 weeks ago I was switched to the generic form of Colazal. Ok it's not Rowasa but hopefully this may help you. I was very nervous about this change. The first few days I swore things were going to fall apart. Just didn't feel right. I was certain I was heading for a flare. I finally just had a little talk with "Myself" and decided to just calm down. I have noticed NO change whatsoever. I guess what I trying to say is don't freak yourself out about this. I know some have had difficulty going over to a generic form of their meds but as we know everyone is different. Hopefully everything will be OK. Keep us posted and good luck.
DX Pancolitis 3/2004
Colazol (Generic) 3 tabs 2x a day.
 


sodbuster19
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   Posted 4/23/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Generic Colazal for a few months myself. I went to that from Asacol due to my Ins only covering Generics. I have had no problems on Generic Colazal I just hope my luck stays with this.

<FONT color=#0000ff>Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

Generic Colazal, 2 2xday
Acidophilus Probotic 3 times/day


munchkindd
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   Posted 4/23/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
are you talking about the rowasa enemas? If so, I have only been on the generic (mesalamine) and they have worked well for me.
*******Donna*******
 
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 10 - 12 year remission (approximately 10 of those years without any meds)
 
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema every 4th night, will try to spread it out more. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....
 
In remission since Jan 2008, can't believe it.............


sodbuster19
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   Posted 4/23/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have used regular Rowasa in the past with great results. I've never used generic form, so, I'm just hoping for the best.

<FONT color=#0000ff>Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

Generic Colazal, 2 2xday
Acidophilus Probotic 3 times/day


Red_34
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   Posted 4/23/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing that I didn't like about the mesalamine enemas compared the brand name Rowasa were the bottles. The generic were a little harder to squeeze and get all the med out. I found though that the med worked the same for me. I couldn't even tell but those darn bottles! Sort of hard especially if the person already have hand and finger issues! :)
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bluepurl
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   Posted 4/23/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
i've only had the generic ones, and they seem to work just fine. I read hints on this site and now I squeeze out the air first and warm it up a little before I do it. you might need some additional ky on there too - the Teva ones seem to vary on how pre-lubed they are.
Get me a box of kittens, stat!
28 year old Jersey Girl
Asacol x 12, nulev x 4, generic rowasa at night
Thought it was IBS since 2002. Diagnosed left-sided UC 4/08. Starting SCD after Passover. Determined to get into remission before paintball season ends


waterdog
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   Posted 4/23/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Do the enemas really work well? My hubby does not like them. He says they are painful.

Dr-A
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   Posted 4/23/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
They don't hurt unless the tips are ripping you on the way in. The cortenemas have screw on tips which are nice. I can find the smoothest one and just use it over and over. 80% of them SUCK, and will cut you on the way in.
Proctitis DX 1998
Lialda 1x day
Hydrocort Enema As Needed


Old Hat
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   Posted 4/23/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Sodbuster-- you will likely find the generic Rowasa to be fine. There was an issue with the hard-to-squeeze bottles that may now be resolved because a plant in PA started supplying better ones this past fall, according to what some members posted around Thanksgiving. Good luck with it & let us know how it works out for you. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

bluepurl
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   Posted 4/23/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
waterdog - they definitely help me, but sometimes I get pain and cramping with them. I can usually get through it though. as long as i stay still, the cramps stop. inserting is sometimes a pain too, but again, I try to breathe through it and relax.
Get me a box of kittens, stat!
28 year old Jersey Girl
Asacol x 12, nulev x 4, generic rowasa at night
Thought it was IBS since 2002. Diagnosed left-sided UC 4/08. Starting SCD after Passover. Determined to get into remission before paintball season ends


SunnyFlorida
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   Posted 4/24/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I used Rowasa enemas for several years and then had to switch over to the generic enemas two years ago because of the insurance coverage.  I do not believe they work as well for me (I have had three flares since starting to use them), but they are definately better than not having any at all.  I now use a whole unit a day with the generic instead of the half a unit a day with the Rowasa.  Different generic brands come from different companies, as well, depending on where you purchase them, and that may make a difference in their effectiveness.  Good luck with yours.
~~~~~Teresa~~~~~
 
Diagnosed with UC in 1997
Asacol 400 3 x 3 daily
Mesalamine liquid 60 ml once daily
Prednisone 40 MG daily

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