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Malkavian
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   Posted 5/13/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Part 1: I'm going to my GI at the beginning of June and want to ask to switch medication, as I can't really afford the asacol I'm on. It seems to be working fairly well at the prescribed dose, I just won't be able to afford it on top of the rest of my bills plus student loans. Does anyone know which UC medications are generally covered well by insurance, or moderately priced without it? I would prefer to stay on oral medication though would consider an enema or suppository if it meant having enough money to eat. Sulfasalazine is out of the question, as I'm allergic to sulfa drugs.

Also, with sites that ship drugs from Canada, what does having a prescription from an 'international doctor' mean?

Part 2: How would I go about getting a new insurance plan with all of the 'pre-existing condition' red tape crap? Are there any fairly priced independent insurers out there? Also, does anyone know anything about medicaid?
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 5/13/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have insurance at all? If not, you'd probably qualify for the patient assistant programs from the drug companies.

I know that Lialda and Apriso (both mesalamine like Asacol, just delayed-release) both have cards available to ANYONE that will refund you money if you have to pay over a certain amount for your prescription each month. I forget how much it is, but I'm pretty sure it's something like $25. I know Apriso has info on their website, but I can't remember if Lialda does or not. If you can't find it, let me know and I'll look at the card I got when I went to a CCFA seminar a while back.

Unfortunately, if you can't take sulfazalazine, I think that Asacol is the next cheapest. My insurance just changed, but before that, Asacol was a tier 2 drug (generics are tier 1, $10 copay), with a $20 copay, while Lialda and Apriso were both tier 3 ($45 copay). Now, we just have a two tier system, where generics are tier 1 ($10 copay) and all other drugs are tier 2 ($35 copay).
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, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Malkavian
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   Posted 5/13/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have insurance, it just doesn't like to cover much. My Asacol is costing me $400/month right now. Also, I'm not sure how long I'll be covered under my dad's insurance, I'm graduating in a few weeks but he extended his coverage on me with COBRA after he got laid off.
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


Zippy123
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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Here are a couple of links to drugs from Canada.

http://www.canadadrugs.com/

http://www.jandrugs.com/

They have both Asacol and a generic made in the UK for much less money. I have purchased products from Canadadrugs and so far they have been good.

kops2da
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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Proctor and Gamble has a great program for those who can't afford their medications.   Try that...

 

 
ElaineNY

basa0806
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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
When I GI switched me over to colazal he said it is generally cheaper than asacol and I'd have to take less pills a day. With my parents insurance asacol and colazal are the same.
You could see if the company who makes asacol has assistance with paying for the asacol?
Not having insurance is one of my biggest fears after graduating college, so I hope things work out for you!
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Trying Colazal 3 750mg x2 (NOT for a flare, just some linger symptoms?)
I was kind of stupid and started taking the colazal two days before finals week started, so I went back to asacol for the week and will go back to Colazal starting 5/9. Shame on me!!
25mg Elavil
75mg Effexor XR for GAD
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
kops2da said...

Proctor and Gamble has a great program for those who can't afford their medications.   Try that...

 

 
ElaineNY


I get my Asacol for free through that program. It has been a life saver.

I definitely recommend looking into patient assistance programs. they are so helpful for us uninsured people. I filled out the paperwork, sent tax forms to my dr's office along with the form for her to fill out and a note requesting that they fax it to P&G. A couple weeks later I received an envelope in the mail with 4 containers with 180 pills each.

I have also bought Asacol from CanadaDrugs.com. I don't think I got the generic but I am sure it is exactly the same. My UC was so bad I was scared to switch to generic even though it cost less. The prices in Canada are much better and Ill tell you that CanadaDrugs comes through with their guarantee. My pills didn't come in 21 days and they reshipped at no cost to me. You just have to go to Canadadrugs or whichever pharmacy you want to use and go through with the purchase. At the end it will ask for your prescription and they will email you a form where you fill in your doctor's info. Once they speak with your dr they fill. Refills show up in your account and will not require a prescription. I've stopped ordering online because I found out about patient assistance programs.


Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
 


Malkavian
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   Posted 5/14/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
kops2da-Thanks so much for that link, I've bookmarked it and am planning to apply.

callalily22-Not sure, that's why I'm asking.

notsosicklygirl-thanks for that!
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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