GENERIC COLOZAL

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phillykid24
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   Posted 12/13/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
i am 25 was diagnosed about a year ago wit uc in the sigmoid i take a generic form of colozal made by rox labs i take 3 pills 3x a day it usually keeps me in remission for about 3 months at a time then i get flare for about 2 months then remission for 3 months can anyone relate wit my medical plan i get free generic pills
 
 
diagnosed wit uc nov. last year GENERIC colozal 3pills 3x a day
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Christine1946
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   Posted 12/13/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Philly,
     By your name I take it you live in Philadelphia?  I live in south Jersey, right across the Delaware.... Bellmawr, NJ..  Yes, I take the generic Colazal...it's called Balsalazide.  But on my prescription bottle is says the manufacturer is Mylan.
     I get a flare about once a year.  At least for the last three years I have.  Before that the flares came once every two years.  Now they are getting closer together, last longer and are more severe.  My last flare started the beginning of April and lasted till the end of October.  I was hospitalized in May for ten days...bummer.  I'm in remission now and enjoying every minute of it.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


doors12
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   Posted 12/14/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I was switched to the generic colazal for a while by my insurance, but started to notice more inflammation sensations, and even started having gross stuff like mucous. I have recently got back on Colazal brand name, and I seriously think I am already starting to do better - less gas, less gurgling, less irritation/inflammation, less frequent bowel movements during the day while at work.

I'd have to say brand name Colazal is superior.
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!
 
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Old Hat
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   Posted 12/14/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you started this thread! Colazal was my break-through med in 2003, the 1st 5-ASA that stopped D in addition to suppressing inflammation. Alas, my job-related insurance obliged me to switch to generic (Balsalazide) in September, when my local pharmacy dispensed the generic made by Watson. That does not work for me!!!!!! The DD returned after a month on generic, and I also experienced many body aches & pains. I recently discussed the problem with my gastro, who subspecializes in IBD treatment & reports many patient complaints about the generic. I started back on original Colazal this past Wed. AM & felt some quickening in my lower left side nearly 3 hrs after swallowing this 1st dose. It was like my sigmoid colon said: "Hey, here comes the REAL stuff!" I got rid of the D by the next day, TG!!!!!!!! Now I'll have to fuss with my insurer to see if they'll pay for the original since the generic doesn't help me. They generally require their insurees to co-pay 35-45% of the original once a generic version comes to market. In my area that means nearly $245 co-pay for 280 capsules of original Colazal. H******************************************************************************************** Hopefully, more members will respond with their reactions to the Mylan, Roxene, & Watson generics of Balsalazide. Watson has some connection to Salix Pharma, maker of original Colazal, so I'm not totally surprised that the Watson version failed me. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

bookworm21
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   Posted 12/14/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm, interesting. My insurance went straight to generic (Roxane) so I never tried the original. I actually just asked my GI this past week if generic vs. actual could make a difference, and he said it didn't matter.
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (5 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 12/14/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
ComedyDork, it may not matter (or not matter as much) to patients who are also taking biologics or immunosuppressants. As I recall, Judilyn wrote in one of our earlier threads on generic Colazal that the Watson generic seemed the same as the original to her; she's also on Remicade. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Christine1946
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   Posted 12/14/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
      Interesting.  I have been on the generic since they came out with the generic.  I remember paying an arm and a leg for the name brand.  Then, when the generic came out, the pharmacist didn't even tell me they were giving me the generic, the cashier just told me the cost and I had her double check because it was so much cheaper.  Here she told me the reason was that they came out with a generic.  My GI doctor said it was ok.  I never noticed any difference but then I was on 6MP and prednisone at the time too.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


jujub
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   Posted 12/14/2008 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on the generic since it came out. At first it was made by Watson labs and looked identical to Colazal, even down to the number on the capsule. Since I moved three months ago I'm getting Roxane. I can't tell the difference in any of them; they all work equally well for me.

Unfortunately, my GI just put me on Tandem for iron deficiency (nope, no bleeding, I just get anemic sometimes.) It makes my stools smell so bad I just about can't be in the bathroom with myself! Yuck, I hate taking iron supplements.
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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Red_34
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   Posted 12/15/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I also got switched to generic (Roxane) and I noticed at first that I had all the initial start up side effects when I switched. But luckily that lasted but for a bit and now I can hardly tell a difference.
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Old Hat
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   Posted 12/15/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
The doctors call it "heterogeneity of response"-- we UCers tend to respond very differently to the same med, alas!!!!! My reaction to the generic seems to be most like doors12-- except that I got back to original Colazal before mucus became a factor. Now that I'm up to my pre-generic dose of original for the 3rd straight day, I've (thankfully) gotten rid of the DD, but .... I realize that the original has been affecting my breathing during sleep! I 1st mentioned this to my internist a couple yrs ago; I had begun exhaling so hard during sleep that it was waking me up. My annual EKG & lab tests were all turning out o.k.; therefore, the internist passed over my complaint. I then told my gastro about it who stethoscoped my torso, but didn't find anything wrong. However, I now realize that I was NOT exhaling forcefully while on the Watson generic!!!!!! So-- original Colazal must contain some chemical that affects my respiration overnight-- bizarre, but true, also kind of scary. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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