Asacol vs balsalazide

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   Posted 4/19/2013 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I couldn't afford the asacol so I asked my dr for something cheaper. He put me on the balsalazide. I don't know what to do. The balsalazide makes me so sick to my stomach, I don't know how much longer I can stay on it. The asacol worked great.

I had found a coupon one time online for the asacol. It would have cost me more using the coupon so I didn't use it.

Is there any other meds out there that are like the asacol that won't make me sick?

Please help!
47 yr old
Aug 2011 half of colon removed from gangrene.
Nov 2011 illiostomy takedown and diagnoised with UC
Put on Citrucel twice a day and balsalazide 750mg 3cap 3xdaily
Also take Paxil, triamterene hctz, ambien, prilocec, , ultram, Vit B complex, Multi vit, Cranberry, Acidophilus, Magnesium, Clariton, Vit D3
Have Fibromyalgia, Meniere's, UC

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   Posted 4/19/2013 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I know there is apriso and lialda which are mesalamines like asacol
17 years old Diagnosed UC May 2009
Current Meds- Prednisone 30 Mg, Entocort 9 mg, Zantac 150 Mg, CCherbal, Lorazepam 0.5 MG
Failed meds- All mesalamines (go right through me), Methotrexate, flagyl, azulfidine, canasa

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   Posted 4/21/2013 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you considered enemas? I personally didn't find that any of the 5-ASAs helped (Asacol, Rowasa, etc. -- see the wikipedia page), but the enemas didn't mess up the rest of my system like the pills did. Rowasa and Canasa are enemas and suppositories, respectively. Depending on what part of the intestine is affected, one may be a better choice than the other. Not sure what generics are available. Good luck!
Diagnosed UC (Proctitis) July 2010 / Canasa (didn't help) / Balsalazide (didn't help) / Asacol (didn't help) / Various herbals (didn't help) / Probiotics (don't seem to be helping) / Currently flaring, unfortunately

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   Posted 4/22/2013 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I just stopped Balsalazide because of its side effects. I will tell you though that Ballsalazide only helped me when combined with Budesonide. As soon as they stopped Budesonide Balsalazide stopped working and vise versa. I also gained 40 ibs on it (in three months) even though i was naucous all the time. I hope something gets better for you. I am in the same boat just not getting better.
Bess 43yo UC, eczema,Interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, severe allergies. Meds: Flexeril, tramadol,Wellbutrin, Singulair,hyocyamine, zofarim, Mirapex.
Waiting on bioposy results from colonoscopy
Went of Budesonide and Balsalizade

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   Posted 4/30/2013 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I've taken it for most of my 11 years with UC. No problems, except when I don't drink enough water when taking pills. Nasty powder burps, but just add more water and burps go away. I also use Rowasa(mesalimine) ennimas.

Never thought about weight gain or side effects..

Best of luck to you.
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