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Sunshyn
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   Posted 2/6/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband was very suddenly laid off today which means that my insurance will be going away. Due to sudden decrease in income just the insurance cost of Asacol would be a lot, and I will definitely not be able to afford it as it is the most expensive of far too many medications I'm on just to keep me from being bedridden (other medical problem unrelated except that it created the need for me to survive on NSAIDS for chronic, severe pain for too many years, which then started the UC symptoms). My doctor has me taking 12 tablets of Asacol a day.

I recall that there was a newer Asacol-type drug on the US market which uses much less pills, but I can't recall the name right now. When I asked my GI to change me over to it he said no because he didn't have any experience with it. Is it less expensive? If the choice is none or that, he might opt to let me try it.

According to my current insurance company Asacol does not have a generic on the market, yet I hear people mention one every once in awhile. What's up with that?

Can anyone suggest any other options instead of Asacol?

Red_34
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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
The one you are thinking about is called Lialda but I doubt it's much cheaper then Asacol because it just came on the market not too long ago. If you are looking for cheaper, you can look into the generic form of Colazal called Basalazide. Of course any med switch might not agree with your Uc right away. It may take your body a while to adjust to a new medication. Another really cheap alternative is Sulfasalazine. But if you are allergic to sulfa then this is not for you. It's been a long time since I've been on Sulfasalazine, I would say about 14 years ago and back then it was around $15 for a month supply. Not sure how much it is now. Generic Colazal is around $150 or so a month btw.
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I heard Lialda is more expensive.
 
I would recommend ordering generic Asacol from Canada. They have a generic up there and it's proabbly abotu 150 for 300 pills.
 
Hope this helps.
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)


madabs
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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree that you should check out mail order rx from canada. I have done it before and saved loads of money.
UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
6mp * asacol 12/daily * rowasa pm * cortifoam am 
 Culturelle Probiotic - prilosec - metamucil capsules
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
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UC in Memphis
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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I asked the pharmacist how much my Lialda would be without insurance and she said $321 for a bottle of 60 pills. Just to give you an idea of the price.
Male, 30
Dx:Moderate-severe UC 12/24/08
Lifelong GI issues including an intesusception at age 4
Current meds: Lialda (2x); Prevacid; Entocort EC (9mg); Prednisone 12/24-01/05 (40mg), 01/06-01/19 (20mg), 01/20-present (10mg) 
 
 


Shadam
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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Can't you get that free years does form Proctor and Gamble?
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Currently on Asacol 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
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IndianaUC
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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
You can contact the maker of Asacol and look into getting a year's supply for free. You can also look into Sulfasalazine if you're not allergic. I've been taking it for over a year now. Call around to all the pharmacies within a 50 mile radius and see who is the cheapest. The cheapest I found was $15/3 months at Kmart. The prices fluctuate however. Also many states offer insurance to those in need.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Getting it for free requires tax documentation showing you made below the federal poverty level. If he just got fired, he probably won't be able to prove he made under that amount of income even if he is currently making less. You probably wouldn't be able to get into the program until next year. You have to be able to prove you made below 27k for a couple or 21k for an individual.
 
 
It is definitely worth looking into though. Maybe you will be able to get some help if you speak to the right person.
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)


Sunshyn
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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all. I was concerned about qualifying for aid due to the fact that he just got laid off. I figured there would be a waiting period for anything like that.

if I can get my doctor to prescribe Lialda right away, I should be able to at least squeeze in a 3 month supply before my insurance goes away. I've also since found a number of people mentioning a discount program for Lialda but am not sure what that entailed or who it was through exactly.

So the generic for Asacol is not available in the US at all? Do I just mail a prescription to a Canadian pharmacy? I'm unclear about how the laws work for prescriptions over international borders...

I'd be concerned about switching to a different type of med entirely because I tend to be very sensitive to medications. The prospect of a flare-up is especially terrifying right now. I'll see what my GI suggests, especially if it comes down to that or nothing, but he didn't seem to care for the alternatives that were out there a couple years ago. From what I understood, the Lialda is the same med as Asacol, just different delivery, so I figured it would be relatively safe to switch to.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
You can have your doctor call it in or fax it. It's actually pretty easy but you have to plan ahead because it takes a while to get from Canada to the US. 21 days is guaranteed.
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)


kops2da
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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Try www.lialda.com
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 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
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burnabygirl
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   Posted 2/8/2009 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in Canada and I take Salofalk tablets (Asacol). Its full name is Salofalk 5-ASA 500 mg (DIN 02112787 AXC). Around CAD $0.5 for each tablet.
Hope this helps yeah
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare for 1 year till Nov 2008.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 2/day, Entocort enema (tapering).
Supplements: Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, psyllium capsule (Metamucil) and bee propolis.


Yujin
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   Posted 2/8/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
burnabygirl said...
I live in Canada and I take Salofalk tablets (Asacol). Its full name is Salofalk 5-ASA 500 mg (DIN 02112787 AXC). Around CAD $0.5 for each tablet.
Hope this helps yeah

 
Hi burnabygirl.... i want to ask if i can order online of Salofalk. Before i was using Generic Asacol that i bought online, i believe it came from India. It did not help me at all.. but when i switched to Salofalk, i got better. So i want to make it as my maintenace medicine but its quite expensive here. It cost about $1.30 here in the Philippines. I take three tablets a day so its really really expensive for me. So do you have any idea where can i buy it online so i can save money?
 
Thanks in advance...
Diagnosed with UC on 2007. Undergone Fistulotomy on 2005. Taking Generic Asacol 400mg 3X a day... "HEALTH IS WEALTH"


burnabygirl
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   Posted 2/8/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any idea where you can order Salofalk tablets on-line but I think some Canadian pharmacies do ship them internationally. You can do a search on Yahoo or Google for 'buying Salofalk tablets online'.
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare for 1 year till Nov 2008.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema, Salofalk tablets 1000mg x 2/day, Entocort enema (tapering).
Supplements: Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, psyllium capsule (Metamucil) and bee propolis.


Sara14
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   Posted 2/8/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
If you go to the asacol Web site, they have a coupon you can print off for like 60 free tablets or something like that. It's not much, but if you needed something to get you through a week or so, it might help. You just print it off and bring it to your pharmacy. I am going to try that b/c my COBRA insurance has not kicked in yet and I don't really have the $600 to pay up front for them. Once it kicks in, I'll only have to pay my regular co-pay. You can also ask your GI's office if they have any samples to help you out for a while. Mine didn't have any, but some people here have had luck with that.

Like others have said, sulfasalazine is a cheaper option. I would think Lialda would be about the same price as Asacol, but it's worth checking into. Good luck. I know what a nightmare it can be losing your insurance.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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