I switched to HD to take less pills too - though they're twice as big, so that was like the same difference to me. I used to take 4 asacol three times a day - now i take 3 HD twice a day. I self-changed my administration from three times a day because I was always missing my afternoon dose, and now that I'm regular it has been simple and improved.
Either Asacol or HD costs me (wait for it.....) $20 a day. When I get upset about that, my husband reminds me that I'm worth it. But still!!!!
What is the patient assist program?
diagnosed with UC in Feb 2007
taking 12 Asacol/day since then
take Rowasa enema as needed
Mega-dosing on iron due to anemia
Have tried dozens of alternate remedies:
glutamine, sunflower/spinach, omega3, Ayurveda, reflexology, herbal prescriptions, blood allergy testing (avoiding dairy and eggwhites), tried no nightshades, tried SCD (not very strict to be honest), tried Guts to Glory program, briefly tried David Klein diet, mega-probiotics, probiotic enemas, slippery elm enemas, etc. etc.
I know that the right combination for what my tender tummy needs is out there!