Asacol/Lialda too expensive but doc wants me on it.

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Cadillac Lover
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 9/1/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Before I was diagnosed with uc I got on a nice affordable insurance plan for my daughter & I. It only covers $2500 a year with a $500 deductible for meds. I wish I would have known I was going to have uc so I would have gotten an unlimited amount plan for meds. I have been off asacol for about 3 months now because i'm no longer covered and can't afford to pay about $600 a month for them. I feel like asacol hardly worked when I was on it though anyway but my doc really wants me on it. She also wants me to up my amount of 6mp i'm taking but I told her I have been doing really good for the past 6 months at 50mg. I'm now down to 5mg of pred and almost off of that, I didn't think I was going to make it this low because prednisone was the only thing that really helped me out of everything. Anyway before i ramble anymore, is there any way possible to get asacol or anything like it for a cheaper price? I have some discount cards but it's only like $25 off each prescription wich is next to nothing. I just hope I can stay in remission without any meds like I did for years before diagnosed, I believe i've had it for years but it just never got as bad as it did when diagnosed.
Diagnosed with UC summer of 08.
Currently down to 5mg pred with 15 days to go, 6MP 50mg.
Currently in remission.


Durango Kid
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 330
   Posted 9/1/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a post a couple of days ago that gave this website for patient assistance.

http://www.needymeds.org/resourcepages/crohns_colitis.shtml

I would see if you can qualify for some help. Even if they don't pick up the entire cost they will review your application and may possibly give you a break.
UC diagnosed  Dec. 2003 after quiting smoking
*Asacol (4)3x daily
*Fish oil
*Probiotic (2) 10 billion cfu/g
*Multi-Vitamin
*Spinach & sunflower seed suppliment (this seems to help!)
*Possibly lactose intolerant (still trying to identify)
*Currently flarring-tapering off pred......
*Back on the hydro cortisone enemas noticing immediate relief.
 
Femoral Arterial Bypass 2006
*Cozzar (for blood pressure)
*Zetia/Welchol (for colesterol)
*Niacin 2000mg daily
 
 


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 9/1/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I get my drugs through p&g's patient assistance program. I am not sure if you would be elligable because you're insured and it is dependent on income but it's worth a try. the only problem with it is that you have to plan early. It takes a while to get the renewal prescription to them, for them to get approval and to receive the medication.
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
 


GLOVE
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 321
   Posted 9/1/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
The Lialda website has patient assistance. I use it becuase my insurance has a high deductible and I am only paying $20 a month for my perscription.
UC since 2002- had remission for 6 years
recent flare 06/09- severe flare
Currently trying lialda, multivitamin, probiotics, fish oil, iron supplement
 tapered off prednisone 8/21/09
 


Rio in Maryland
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 891
   Posted 9/1/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopefully you can get Asacol from the patient assistance program, and also ask your doctor for Asacol from his stock of samples to keep you going till then.

I am using a generic that's made in India called Mesacol. I manage to get several months worth brought across for me, but someone mentioned that you can also get Mesacol from online Canadian pharmacies. I have never used the Canadian pharmacies but several people on the forum have, and I know that they often turn out to be a lot cheaper than getting prescriptions filled at US pharmacies.
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

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