How much do your meds cost?

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Knight
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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 11/14/2008 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi.  How much does everyone spend each month on meds?  I must spend $200 and I have insurance.
Knight
 
Mild to Moderate Left Side UC since 10/2002, Joint Pain since 10/2004
 
Strict SCD 7/2004-12/2005
Prednisone 8/2004-10/2004
Remission since 9/2004
Daily Meds:
 1500 mg Pentasa, 150 mg Zoloft, 30 mg Baclofen, 10 mg Ambien


jujub
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   Posted 11/14/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine are down to $90. At one time it was $185, but some of my meds went generic and a few were discontinued.
Judy
 
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.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 
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Sweetie31105
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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I must have GREAT insurance. My I have 2 meds that cost $25, and the rest cost $10, I only take some of them so I don't spend over $50 a month. But I am strict with my UC meds though.
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)


Red_34
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   Posted 11/14/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
My insurance is great too - $10 brand name and $5 generic. So with all my medications, I spend around $50 a month.
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jujub
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   Posted 11/14/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine are also $10 generic and $25 brand. Unfortunately, my Vitoran and Synthroid are both unavailable in generic. The Synthroid never will be because there's no profit in selling it, so no generic manufacturer will take it on.
Judy
 
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.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


basa0806
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   Posted 11/14/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Most of mine are $16 and a couple of them are for 3 months at a time so its probably no more than $60 a month. My effexor has a generic brand that actually cost more than the name brand stuff! Go figure. I'm really lucky that my parents have really good insurance. I will be screwed though if I can't find a job right out of college!
Sam
19 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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Old Hat
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   Posted 11/14/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My job-related insurance will pay generics 100%. However, when I recently inquired at local (chain) pharmacy what the co-payment would be if I went back on original Colazal, the pharmacist told me $283 for a month's supply. The total cost she quoted, $660 for a month's supply of original, is down from what it was before the generic came on the market, $780-$790-- but these prices are still too high. I'm kind of disgusted about it! Some kind of uniform price system is needed for meds in the U.S. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

disco
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 154
   Posted 11/14/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a good deal through my insurance we I get 90 days of Asacol for 1 copy
Diagnosed in spring 2005 at age 28
Currently on 12 asacol pills a day + Entocort
40 MG Pred cycle stating 3/26
Remicade


jano437
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   Posted 11/14/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I pay 375 dollars for a 3 months supply of asacol through mail order. My job insurance pays only a percentage of non generic.
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Pro-Bio
Forvia
calcium
Diosmin(for leg and vein support)


inspectorgadget
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 11/14/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Being self employed, I pay ~$700 for my family of 4 for my Health Savings Account insurance plan. Our total deductible is $2400 - (200/month). I can put that away monthly tax free and keep the remainder if not used. Unfortunately since Asacol is not generic I have to pay full boat until my deductible is met. $1.40 per pill at 6 pills a day. Once my deductible is reached I get 3 months supply for $50. Once Asacol goes generic then I'll be able to get it for $10 for 3 months supply as will anyone else at Wal-Mart. If I mail order them it seems "generic" is available in Canada but I am leery, plus it won't count against my deductible. Expect Rx prices to go up if Medicare gets to negotiate their own prices. The health insurance/prescription drug puzzle is not an easy one to solve.

kazygirl
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   Posted 11/18/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
in australia all meds no matter how much they are, are never more than $30 out of pocket.
my mesalazine alone says $340 a pop, thank god i dont have to pay that.
steph - 32 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
severe UC in descending colon and sigmoid colon ONLY
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
tumeric capsules - if i remember to take the bloody things.
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all :(
 
 
 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 11/18/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have ok insurance- I do the mail-order med thing, & pay $60 for a 3 month supply of Asacol, $30 for a 3 month supply of Imuran, & zero per Remicade infusion. The no pay for the infusions is due to how the hospital bills them- they bill 'em as chemo, which is covered in full. My insurer considers them outpatient surgery, which is $250 a pop. So far they haven't caught up with the discrepancy in what they are being billed for & what they are paying. If I buy meds monthly, it's $60 per month for Asacol & $30 per month of Imuran. Which I don't do- the mail order deal is much better.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


beartooth
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   Posted 11/19/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have pretty good insurance, and I order the meds I take regularly through mail order...comes out to about $45/month in prescriptions. Then my probiotics, which are not covered are costing me about $100/month. Then various supplements, about $30/month. Grand total = $175/month, but it fluctuates as I add or drop supplements, or reduce my probiotic intake. Close to more than I can afford, but definitely above what I want to afford!
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements: Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone ( down to 7.5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.
 
Trying the spinach/sunflower diet.  If needed, my next experiment will be to try LDN.


Old Hat
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow! Look at the difference in what Jano pays for 3 months supply of Asacol compared to what Eva Lou pays. UCers seem to get ripped off depending on where we reside, as well as due to the type of insurance we have. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

hedgehog
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 102
   Posted 11/19/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
My drug plan covers 80% of my prescriptions. So I pay about $35 per month on Asacol and about $13 per month on budesonide enemas, for a total of about $48 per month for UC meds.
Tara
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
-F/33 -diagnosed June 2006
-last 25cm of colon affected
-xylocaine enemas put me in remission
-Asacol 2 800mg pills 2x/day
-budesonide enemas every 4-5 days

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