Anyone use the generic of Asacol called Mesacol?

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sgtpeper
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
As the topic says. I was able to order Asacol off a Canadian site. When the meds arrived they were called Mesacol and appear to be made in India.

Any thoughts?? These are the 400mg pills.

pb4
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
No, I haven't but it sure makes you wonder how they come up with these names....just reading what you wrote made me think hey nothing like "Mes-acolling" up your "ass-acol".

Sorry, I know, weird sense of humour.

:)
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sgtpeper
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Haha I agree its all ridiculous these names. I'm just curious about Mesacol and if anyone has had any good/bad response to it vs Asacol.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I notice that when I order from Canada the pills always come from other places. Mine usually come from Switzerland or it says Barbados on the package. I've never asked for the generic so I don't know it that may be why you got Mescol from India. I have heard there is a generic available in both Canada and India though, might make sense. Did you request generic? Did you search in the search box here or through google?
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
Horrible relapse: August 08 - December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
Canasa nightly + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
 


pb4
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I hope someone will be able to help you with your question, sorry I couldn't, so I thought I'd try and make a funny instead.

:)
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
http://www.wisemeds.net/buy_online/MESACOL.shtml  - those prices suck.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
Horrible relapse: August 08 - December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
Canasa nightly + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
 


sgtpeper
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I did ask for generic. I was able to get 1000 pills for about 280 bucks. Thats pretty cheap I must say!

Havent read anything that would lead me to be worried about the pills but figured I'd ask anyway.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I just did a search in the box on the top of the page and it appears that there are quite a few mentions of Mescol on this board. It seems like it is mostly people from Asia. I think it will work out fine for you. 1000 for 280 can't be beat!
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
Horrible relapse: August 08 - December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
Canasa nightly + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
 


sgtpeper
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Ah interesting. I tried searching at the top but maybe I did something wrong? Thanks for the help!

Nor_TX
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow... that's expensive.. I guess you don't have insurance that covers your meds?  My Blue Cross cost for 1080 pills is $140.00.  I think I would worry if the meds from India are the "real thing" or not.  Do you have insurance?

Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 5 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 5 weeks
                   B12 every 5 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily
                   Zofran as needed


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been using Mesacol (made in India) for over a year now, and it works fine for me. I've got some insurance issues to deal with, and pay out of pocket, so Mesacol is a bargain compared to Asacol.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally

Post Edited (Rio in Maryland) : 8/28/2009 2:19:55 PM (GMT-6)


sgtpeper
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   Posted 8/28/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats good to hear Rio.

I have insurance but it does not cover meds. I'm a Realtor and have no group policy, and now because of this lovely condition can never qualify for insurance BLAH!

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/28/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Not a problem sgtpeper. Hope it works well for you.

And following up on pb4's earlier comments on ridiculous names, I think it's just a group of sickos in big pharma rubbing it in that we have a problem 'back there'....ASS-acol, Can-ASS-a, ASS-athioprine, ColASSal....obviously I'm just kidding, but you'll be surprised at how much money these people spend to research and come up with the right names for our drugs.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally

Post Edited (Rio in Maryland) : 8/28/2009 8:33:41 PM (GMT-6)

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