Asacol overseas (outside the USA)

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   Posted 1/17/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear All,
I can only get a month's supply of Asacol at a time, is there a way to have it prescribed delivered or can I collect it overseas? I'm thinking of a sabbatical either in Europe or Asia (India) sometime later in the year, or next year and was wondering how I'd continue to get my prescription filled. I am hoping that things don't get bad where I need to be on Rowasa or worse, prednisone, during that time.
Best wishes to you all!
3x400mg Asacol, 3x daily
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   Posted 1/17/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I order from Canada and they send me as much as I want. The problem is that you have to order early because the shipping takes forever sometimes. A few times I thought my medication would never arrive. I recommend ordering at least a month in advance. There are lots of great pharmacies in Canada, if you google it you should find some. I would say where I order from but it might be against the rules of the website. The prices are a lot better in CA than the US too.
Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)

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   Posted 1/17/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
If you will still have the same health insurance while you are away, you should call your insurance carrier and ask them if they have a mail order delivery program. A lot of places will let you order a 90-day supply at once. You could also ask about a vacation exception to the 1-month rule. Some insurances will let you get more than the one month if you are going away. So this could give you a head start on your year's supply.

The other things I would ask about are whether you have pharmacy insurance coverage outside of the country. If you buy the drug yourself and file a claim from abroad, will they reimburse you?

I would look into how much Asacol costs where you are going. A lot of countries are not as rigid as the US are about prescriptions and would probably honor an American prescription. I've paid nearly nothing for some drugs in Europe that here in the US cost about 3 times as much. So paying for it in India, for example, might just be simpler and easier than trying to figure out whether someone can send you the drugs. At the very least, I would ask my doctor for a bunch of prescriptions to take with me. Personally, I fill a prednisone prescription before I travel so that I have one vial of it with me in case of an emergency.

No matter where you go, you could always find a local physician to prescribe Rowasa, etc. if you need it. But before I did that, though, I would talk to local pharmacist to make sure that what you want really requires a prescription. I got antibiotics and cortifoam without a prescription while I was traveling just by asking for it and obviously looking like I knew what I needed! It was strange, but very convenient.
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Lialda, Asacol foam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine, Cortifoam)
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy

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