I will be on Medicare in May and am searching for a drug on the Medicare drug plan that won't go into the donut hole and cost me $500/month. I currently take Asacol HD but it isn't covered. Lialda, Apriso, and Delzicol all will cost $45 for 1st 4 months then will fall into the donut hole and cost me $500/month. Is anyone on Medicare and know of a generic or less expensive drug to take? I can't afford to pay this large monthly amount.
Your best bet is to look at your formularly for part D and find out what drugs are covered, then call the pharmacy and ask the cash price for them. I had to do that too, with my bp med. I'd like to hang the guy who thought up the donut hole. Its supposed to be closed by 2020 if we live that long. Lialda and apriso are the same thing, mesalamine. It is available in generic. However its as expensive. There are some drug stores that will give you a discount. There are coupons. The discounts that manufacturers give for the brand name don't apply if you have medicare. I'd like to find out why that is for sure.
I was taking Asacol HD for about three years for mild colitis. 2 in a.m./2 p.m.
Last year I learned that I had a fatty liver. I began taking 'Liver Essentials'
from Swanson's Vitamins, thinking that it might be of benefit. I took it for about a month, 2 in a.m./ 2 in p.m., at which point I ran out of Asacol. I continued taking the Liver Essentials while having the Asacol refilled. I noticed that I had no colitis pain while only on the Liver Essentials . This was surprising as I always had pain return as soon as I stopped taking Asacol. I have been on just the Liver Essentials for my colitis and have had no pain for six months - not even occasional little twinges of pain that I would have while still on Asacol. The cost is about $20 compared to $930 for Asacol HD.
HD was originally not approved by my insurance until I pointed out the manufacturer stopped making the regular and the HD required half the dose, thus saving them money. They had to get a PA (pre authorization) to approve the change. This was a couple years ago now, might still apply.
Dipentum is a similar drug to Asacol so you might want to ask your doctor. I have taken both.
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