Geez, I'm thrilled to be on board with everyone here!
I was diagnosed with U.C. about six years ago. Following the initial diagnosis I was placed on Asacol 400mg two tablets three times a day. I 've had no flare ups until last november. This was a brutal flare up. Lost about 15lbs. It took three weeks to get into my gastro entemologists office at which point they put me on a hydro cortizone enema that knocked it out. I have no insurance and this is a very pricey treatment. about 10 days ago I flared again. This time I decided to simply go through my family doctor who immediatley prescribed prednisolone. I finished the first six day packet which seems to be keeping the flare up at bay, but not back into remmision. He has refilled the prescription and that's where I now stand. The prenisolone is $4.00 pr week as apposed to about $125.00 for the enema.
I have a couple of questions. 1) I suspect I may be a bit lactose intolerant. Prior to this flare up I had some ice cream several times which I normally don't eat. Is this typical? 2) Are there any patient assistance programs available for the hydro cortizone etc.? I am getting help with the Asacol as this is an expensive drug also. I went through a femoral bypass about three years ago and attaining affordable insurance at this point is pracically impossible. Any input is appreciated. Thanks, Durango Kid
I just added at title to your post
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