Generic Mesalamine in the states?

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sodbuster19
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   Posted 3/22/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering if there are any forms of generic Mesalamine I could get here(New York state) with out ordering in Canada. I had to switch last year from Asacol to Generic Colazal due to my insurance, but it has yet to get me to remission and before I switched I was in remission with Asacol for 2yrs.

<FONT color=#0000ff>Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

Generic Colazal, 2 2xday
Acidophilus Probotic 3 times/day


Old Hat
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   Posted 3/22/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Sodbuster. I had to switch to a generic Colazal (made by Watson) last Sept. due to my health insurance rules; it made me sick by the end of Nov. So-- I went back on original Colazal, with a $240+ co-pay for 1 month supply here in NYC. In my experience it does work the best to achieve remission, though. Scrap Girl put me on to a financial aid program that Salix Pharmaceuticals runs online. They give you a coupon good for $100 off the co-pay for 280 original Colazal capsules & it is renewable. My local pharmacist thinks it will work here for me in the city-- so you might want to check it out, too. (By the way, another member posted to HW that the Watson-made generic sulfasalazine was not as effective as others.) / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Joma
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   Posted 3/23/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
There are no generic forms of asacol that I know of however there are generic forms of mesalamine in the form of enemas......although they are pretty outrageous in price as well, but your insurance may pay for them. jo

Mamas Boys
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   Posted 3/23/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Can't help you with that but like Old Hat - the generic colazal was terrible for me.  Had to switch back to the brand.  As for the mesalamine enemas - same deal.  Have to use brand name Rowasa or it doesn't work!  Can't understand why they do that!  Shouldn't the generics work just as well?

Mamas Boys
Colazal, Azathioprine, Remicade
Culturelle, MultiVitamin, Folic Acid, Viactiv
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jujub
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   Posted 3/23/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
To answer your origiinal question, there is no generic oral mesalamine available in the US at this time. Asacol's patent is good for several more years, I believe.
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.
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Old Hat
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   Posted 3/23/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Balsalazide (=generic Colazal) breaks down into mesalamine in the colon-- so technically the States do have a generic form of oral mesalamine. However, its efficacy varies, to say the least. Several of us posting here have gone back on original Colazal after suffering bad effects from the generic, which is being put out by Watson, Mylan, & Roxene pharmas. Other members posting from abroad have written about generic forms of Asacol being available there, but not proving helpful when they tried it. So-- it seems like generic UC meds have become yet another dilemma we have to contend with. Very tiresome to sort out when all you want is quick relief of your symptoms! / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

sodbuster19
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   Posted 3/24/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
The generic bran I have is from Roxane. Not sure if it makes a difference or not. I must admit, that Since I had to switch, I rarly did the full amount of meds. I was suposed to take 3pills 3x a day, but to try and make them last I have pnly been taking 3 pills 2x a day. I just started taking them 3x a day yesterday, as I will have insurance starting April 1. Of course, it only covers generic as well. I am gonna see how taking the right dosage helps, and I have an appt on April 24 with my GI. If still no better, I will let him know, and I know he will either give me name brand Colazal, or Asacol. he always said he would make sure I wouldn't ever go without meds, but I guess I was kinda embarrased to ask for help. I decided from now on, that I have nothimg to be embarrasd about, and I now ask for help from friends and family. I will keep ya posted.


<FONT color=#0000ff>Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

Generic Colazal, 2 2xday
Acidophilus Probotic 3 times/day


jujub
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   Posted 3/24/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I've taken the Watson and the Roxane brands of Balsalazide. I can't tell the difference between them and the original. Most people can't, but a few individuals may react to the non-active ingredients in one or another brand.
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"
 
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


Mamas Boys
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   Posted 3/24/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   

That must be me Judy - cuz those generics were nasty!

Sodbuster - my doctor actually gives me samples of brand name Colazal from his office.  My prescription drug coverage is terrible and after 1 month of my meds the insurance company doesn't cover them anymore.  I once asked for samples and now every time I'm in the office he gives me samples of Colazal - as many as he has.  I haven't had to pay for my colazal in years.  Ask your doctor if he can do something for you.


Mamas Boys
Colazal, Azathioprine, Remicade
Culturelle, MultiVitamin, Folic Acid, Viactiv
Status: Remission!!

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