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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 10/24/2007 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, my Insurance coverage changed and Asacol is no longer on the list for any kind of price break. I was only paying $77/mo now it'll cost me $480/mo, I can't afford that. I got a call into my GI to ask to be put on something that comes in generic form. That's the only way my Ins will cover any drugs. So my question is have any of you tried Sulfasalazine(Azulfidine)? I havre about 2 weeks worth of Asacol left.
Asacol 12 per day
Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 10/24/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
OOh that sucks. I've been there too. You can order asacol from canada for aboyt 140 a month. Asacol also has info on their website about an assistance program...just google asacol. I'vce never tried sulfa but hopefully someone else will chime in... good luck!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, 15 mg pred. until immuran kicks in...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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   Posted 10/24/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
As long as your not allergic to Sulfa then you can give this a go. I had to do the same thing, switch from Asacol to Sulfasalazine because of insurance changes but unforunately I had a severe allergic reaction to the sulfa (large painful welts all over my body). So there was a while there that I wasn't on any meds. But it's one of those things, it may work for you or it may not. The one thing I remember from taking Sulfasalazine is that it started turning my skin yellow and I burned easily in the sun.
Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal, Canasa, 6mp, Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia
Allergies - Singulair, Allegra, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)
Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia - '06 
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 343
   Posted 10/24/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Do ya have a link for canada?
Asacol 12 per day
Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 348
   Posted 10/24/2007 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on azulfidine many years ago. It worked well for me and I was taking 6 - 8 a day. After many years in remission I got kind of cocky and stopped taking them. Several years later the flares started up again. My new doctor put me on asacol which I don't feel is working all that well for me. I am actually trying to get this doctor to put me on the azulfidine because it worked well for me years ago. Good luck, hope it works for you.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 10/24/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
a note from Canada....
i was on sulphazalazine as my first medication when diagnosed 11 years ago or so...i think i started on 8/day...within 2 weeks i had hives ++ and major swelling in my face and extremities....the ironic thing is that it was working on my flare!  had to stop and switch to asacol. thankfully, i have medication coverage so the cost wasn't an issue.
i was only 19 when i got a flare and just kept taking the pills even though i was clearly having a reaction--i'm pretty sure you'll know VERY quickly if you're allergic to sulpha---hopefully before your eyes swelled shut like mine!
good luck.
30 y/o
diagnosed 1995
150mg imuran
2nd dose of Remicade
tapering off prednisone- currently on 20mg

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 10/25/2007 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on Sulfa again since my flare up in August, and it doesn't bother me, however my trip to remission has been slow.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2148
   Posted 10/25/2007 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on sulfasalazine for 5 years and just made my urine really yellow and had to take it w/food. My GI switched me to Asacol and my UC symptoms were the same on both, I don't recall any difference.
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Imuran 100mg 1xday;Remicade tests pending;Hydrocortisone enemas 1xday;Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Potassium 600mg 1xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 80mg 1xday. Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 343
   Posted 10/25/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, my Dr's office called me back and called in a prescription for Sulfasazine(500mg) and I take 2 pills 3x aday. With my new insurance it only cost me $15.00 I hope it works for me. Thanks
Asacol 12 per day
Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

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