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Kaivee
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 9/9/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi.  I'm new to this forum but not to UC.  I've been looking at the various posts and have already found some useful information just from everyone's experiences.  I wanted to run a few questions by you.
 
I see mention of a medicine called Colazal.  Is this new?  I tried to look up info on it on the web, but couldn't find anything specific.  I currently take Asacol on a daily basis.  Is Colazal a replacement for Asacol?  I often wonder if the Asacol works for me any longer.
 
Regarding the Colazal, it sounds like it is perhaps expensive.  Is it not covered by insurance?  If not, what is the typical cost?  Any side effects?  For those who have taken it, has your experience been good, bad or indifferent?
 
I appreciate any feedback and look forward to posting in the future and sharing my experiences!

jujub
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Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 10407
   Posted 9/9/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, Kaivee.

Colazal is another 5-ASA drug, in the same family as Asacol. It's most often prescribed for those who don't tolerate Asacol or for whom it doesn't work. It is expensive, but is covered by most insurances, and is now available in generic form (Balsalazide), which makes it about $100 cheaper and makes most people's co-pays lower.

I've been on Colazal since shortly after my diagnosis because Asacol made my symptoms much worse. It helped, but didn't get me into remission on its own. Now I take it as my baseline drug and get Remicade infusions every 8 weeks to keep me in remission.
Judy - Southern US 
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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bookworm21
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1766
   Posted 9/9/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, welcome to the forum!

I'm pretty sure Colazal isn't new. Colazal is in the same "level" of drugs as Asacol, so it can be used as a replacement. I used Asacol and Lialda, and then switched to Colazal.

The generic form of Colazal is covered by my insurance ($20 co-pay), so you might want to look into that. I started Colazal while I was on Remicade, so I don't know if Colazal has helped or not. The only side effect was the fact that I had cramping if I took the maximum dose (9 capsules/day); when I switched to 6 capsules/day, I was fine.
Female, Age 19
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (3 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort
 

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