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Boxermom2
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   Posted 4/20/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
 
I have been on Asacol for about six years.  My insurance changed and I can't afford the pills. They only pay about $90 of it and it cost me $652 for 90 day supply.  Went to my GI today and he is switching me to Azulfidine or generic Sulfasalazine.  I am a little nervous about switching.  The side effects I read about are pretty bad.  They will only cost me $158.00 for Sulfasalazine or $352 for Azulfidine for a 180 day supply.  Any thoughts?

fruitgirl
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   Posted 4/20/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Procter and Gamble (makers of Asacol) offer a patient assistance program where you can get $25 off per 30-day prescription. Info is available on their website (www.asacol.com). It's not much, but it's something.

I picked up a card a few weekends ago at a CCFA conference where I apparently wouldn't have to pay more than $25/month for Lialda, which is the same drug (mesalamine) as Asacol, but is an extended-release tablet, so you can take it just once a day. I couldn't find info on their webiste, but you could try calling this phone number that's listed in the brochure (1-800-416-9466) to see if you can get one as well.

I'd be nervous abous switching, too, if Asacol is working well! I'm sorry your insurance changed!
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 10mg 10mg of Prednisone every other day, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


princesa
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   Posted 4/21/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I actually did much better on the older drug, sulfasalazine (azulfadine). The thinking is the sulfa component, in addition to the ASA, is actually very helpful. I never experienced any side effects. All drugs have a frightening list of side effects.

If you'd like to read more about sulfasalazine, here's a link:
http://www.healingcrow.com/ELF/ELF51.html


Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 4/21/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I get my Asacol for free. I don't have any insurance. I am scared for the day I get insurance, I know it's going to cost me a lot more than I pay now :-)
Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
December 08 - Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9 a day)


Zippy123
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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
princesa said...
I actually did much better on the older drug, sulfasalazine (azulfadine). The thinking is the sulfa component, in addition to the ASA, is actually very helpful. I never experienced any side effects. All drugs have a frightening list of side effects.

If you'd like to read more about sulfasalazine, here's a link:
http://www.healingcrow.com/ELF/ELF51.html


Interesting article Princesa.

I just started on generic Sulfa the other day, well so far I haven't noticed any problems, but only been one day. I know for a fact Asacol and I believe even Colazal gave me side effects of some sort or another. I dare say Asacol made me start to bleed worse after it worked for a month or so.
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