asacol vs colazal

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jano437
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   Posted 11/10/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I am taking asacol, which is working fine for me. The only problem, is that my insurance sucks and it only pays a percentage of it and it is way expensive for me. 130 dollars a month, and that is mail order, 3 months at a time. I see that colazal is cheaper through my insurance and it is in generic form which would cost me 6o dollars for 3 months. I was just wondering if any one changed from asacol to colazal and did they see a difference. Is colazal just as good. I hate to mess myself up, because asacol is working for me, but i just hate  paying that price.  Thanks
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Pro-Bio
Forvia
calcium
Diosmin(for leg and vein support)


Old Hat
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have right-side issues Colazal might not help as it (reportedly) starts dissolving farther into the colon. Asacol begins to dissolve in the terminal ileum. You might ask your gastro about Pentasa's effectiveness and cost relative to Asacol because it also has more effect on the right side than Colazal, judging from other members' posts in earlier threads. You're absolutely right to think twice before attempting to change from a med that definitely helps you. I was obliged by my insurance to switch to generic Colazal a few months ago & have noticed some increase in bms + gassiness I didn't have with the original med. An inquiry to the local pharmacist found that I would have to co-pay $283.00 for a 30-day supply of original Colazal now, whereas my insurance fully covers the generic. That's what we're up against, and it can seem so unfair! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Red_34
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   Posted 11/11/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
When was your last scope? Was is it good? If not, where was the inflammation? Old Hat is right - if you have any right sided involvement, Colazal won't touch it. Also too, sometimes switching meds can aggravate things. I didn't get off Asacol for cost reasons but because it was making me worse. But I do remember that when I switched to Colazal, I became 10xs worse and then I got better.
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madabs
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   Posted 11/11/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you asked your doctors office about coupons and samples. My son was once on a med that cost $800/month and his doc was able to give me three months supply out his med closet. Asacol has been really good for me and I would hate to give it up. When I had insurance issues, I was able to get some rx's filled online. It was way cheaper. I used a site called canadadrugs.com. It was a wonderful help at the time.
UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
asacol 12/daily and rowasa as needed 
Trying out Culturelle Probiotic
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
i can't complain, but sometimes i still do.  lifes been good to me so far.  -joe walsh


jano437
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   Posted 11/11/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherry, my last scope was just in Oct and it was perfect, not sign of inflamation. I love asacol and I would hate to give it up, but the cost is killing me. I did clean my doctors office of samples, It was a months worth.
Thanks everyone for your replies.
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Pro-Bio
Forvia
calcium
Diosmin(for leg and vein support)

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