Asacol and Mesren MR

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I was wondering if anyone has tried both of these drugs and is there much of a difference? Also any experience good or bad with these drugs you would like to share.

I lost my insurance from work (laid off) and Asacol is just too expensive so I ordered Mesren from Canada, basically same thing as Asacol, but it is made in the UK and a lot cheaper.

My story:

I got told I have colitis back in December 08, and put me on Asacol. At first it made me worse then after about 2 to 3 weeks it finally got me back to normal for a while. Then in February I was getting constipated and some mucus and aches in colon area and some light pains by my genreal kidney area, so I cut back on Asacol. I felt great the next day and no mucus or aches, taking probiotics as well. about the 4th or 5th day I noticed some mucus again, slowly increasing and getting worse. So back on Asacol I went. So far it has been about 4 days and my symptoms have only got worse, worse than was in December. I am considering switching to Mesren just to see if it works better. I still have a bottle of Asacol left.

I just started on Vitamin D, I know I don't get enough of that. I also ordered some Boswellia extract, folic acid and B12. Currently trying Danactive yogurt and Acidphilis pearls.

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 2/16/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi im from the uk and have been on both started on mesren mr and have now been on asacol for about 5 months i have not noticed differance think i was changed as dose doubled and asacol in larger dose pills so i dont have to take as many
  Diagnosed 22.5.08 with Lft sided U/C
  Meds Predfoam 20mg 2x day stopped started pentasa supps 1gm 26/6/08
 Asacol 800mg x2 twice daily
  Domperidone 10mg as needed
  co codamol 30/500 x2 when needed

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Ah thanks, that is good to know. Now if I can just get this flare up under control and my car fixed, I could be happy again :-)
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