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RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/18/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there!  I no longer need my Asacol and I have about 3-4 weeks worth 1200mg bid (total of 6 a day).  Is there a place where this medication can be donated?  I really hate the thought of throwing it out b/c I know how expensive it can be for some people...as my co-pay was not cheap, it didn't break the bank.
 
I just feel this is such an important medication for many people...I'd like to donate it if I can...but that might classify me as a dealer, huh?   shocked   That's not the image I'm going for. 
 
smurf  
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown


RyanF
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 358
   Posted 3/18/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
If I'm not mistaken, such a thing is not possible-- for the safety of the public, you can't give your meds to anyone else. Though your intentions may be perfectly nice and reasonable, it would take but one creep to donate something dangerous that would hurt someone.

However, who you give it to in private is your issue ;o)
Ryan


Meds:
Began Humira on 10 Jan 2009

Humira pen (1) weekly WIE UFN

Rowasa nightly

Probiotics + protein digestive enzymes


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 3/18/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
This is governed by state law. There is a way in some states. Ask the local safety net ("free") clinic, they'll know.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, trying 15/20 mg. Appt 3/6 to discuss Humira, etc.   


RobinByrd
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 511
   Posted 3/18/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys!!!
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown


AMK77
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 678
   Posted 3/18/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a huge bottle of Lialda that I can't take. Cost me $300 too. shakehead
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda Colazal & Asacol made symptoms worse, MUCH worse
Not taking any meds for now. May be on 6mp soon?


Meesh
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 619
   Posted 3/18/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Last week we put my oldest dog down (16 yrs four months, peaceful passing). I had just spent $133 on a two month supply of Rimadyl for his arthritis and we used maybe three days of it. I brought it to the vet and asked them to give it to someone who needed it for their dog and maybe had trouble affording it. The vet was most appreciative. But alas, it doesn't work that way for humans.
Meesh
46 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Finally achieved remission mid October 2008!!

14 Remicade infusions, current scheduled every 6 weeks: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 3/14/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Rowesa and/or Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;

Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro


suebear
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Total Posts : 5698
   Posted 3/18/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I gave my old UC drugs to a Crohn's patient I knew. He was on Medicare and had a cap on annual Rx drug purchases so my bounty helped him out.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


RyanF
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 358
   Posted 3/18/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll have to check this out, too, as I have a few things I could do without. If you're in Denver, look me up, yo! (email me, that is)
Ryan


Meds:
Began Humira on 10 Jan 2009

Humira pen (1) weekly WIE UFN

Rowasa nightly

Probiotics + protein digestive enzymes


unclebubba
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 510
   Posted 3/18/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Never throw away your old meds until they expire.... your never sure when you might need or want them again... I put my extras in a sealable tote in bottom floor of bathroom closet... Of course I have no children... so. But I know for a fact that I am glad I had been able to go to that tote and pull stuff back out. Has saved me some money with this DD.
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09**down to 10 mg 2/26/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Cfromutah
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 369
   Posted 3/18/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL Unclebubba, she had surgery so she probably wont be needing them. Your comment just struck me as being funny because she had surgery.

unclebubba
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 510
   Posted 3/19/2009 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL... guess I missed that point. Your right of course... I just know my GI has re-proscribed things twice on me. Things he tried in the beginning that didn't work... Now are working as I got better. Just glad I didn't have to buy some of these medicines twice.
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09**down to 10 mg 2/26/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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