Getting drugs from Canada/cheaper alternatives to Asacol

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Malkavian
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   Posted 4/5/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking Asacol for my UC and it's been working great, however, my insurance doesn't cover much of it and I'm worried I'm going to have to stop or get it changed due to cost-the insurance I have doesn't cover enough of it to make it anywhere near affordable, and I'm currently paying almost as much for my meds as my rent.

I've seen some Canadian pharmacy sites that have the drugs at a discounted price. Are these reliable? Also, if I order from these, do you recommend brand name or generic?

Also, if I can't order from these, what are alternative treatments that might be cheaper/better covered?
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently in remission
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements


MustLoveDogs
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   Posted 4/5/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried Lialda? There is a loyalty program card that you might be able to get from your DR which caps the payment at $25
Gwen
 
10 yr old daughter diagnosed with "UC-like Crohn's" 12/08
currently on 2400 mg Asacol 


Zippy123
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   Posted 4/5/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I order drugs from this place, so far no problems
http://www.canadadrugs.com/

Malkavian
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   Posted 4/5/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
MustLoveDogs-I was diagnosed really recently, so Asacol and Pred are the only only things I've ever been on. Is Lialda also mesalamine, or is it a different drug? Also, is it oral or suppository?

Zippy-My boyfriend found that site, nice to know you've had no issue with it. Now, if I have a script for the brand one, would it be okay to order the generic one? I've heard that brand and generic preparations of mesalamine can differ greatly.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently in remission
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements


fruitgirl
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   Posted 4/5/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Lialda is also a mesalamine, it's just coated differently, making it extended release, and you therefore only have to take it once per day.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, 40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg of Prednisone (quick taper), Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Malkavian
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   Posted 4/5/2009 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Ah, I see. I might ask about that then, may even make my life easier.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently in remission
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements

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