As most of you know who have been following this site, I’m not a big advocate for medications, but I know that many many people who have ulcerative colitis (including myself in the past) have taken or are currently taking medications to help with the symptoms and to regain a normal lifestyle.
There was a short time just about two years ago when I was experimenting with an immune suppressant medication called Humira, of which I have written several posts about my experience with Humira, but either way, my father recently sent me an email which I thought would potentially be of help to some of you.
Basically, he explained that a friend of his who is dealing with Arthritis, was prescribed Humira from his doctor. This person also was given some type of coupon or voucher I believe from his doctor which entitled him to purchase his Humira prescription for exactly $5.00.
So, the entire point of this message is that if you were like me, and paying the full retail price of several hundreds (in my case $1400 per package of humira every two weeks) this might be something that can help you out. Unfortunately I don’t have any more details than that, as that’s all my dad wrote to me, but its something to look into if you are dealing with high costs to continue with Humira if that is a medication you are using.
If anyone has any more information on this, or has any first hand experience with the medication or discounted costs, it would be great if you could share your story via a comment.
As for me, I had horrible luck with humira personally, it did not work out well for me and gave me horrible skin lesions and other complications, so I stopped using it very quickly. At the time I was taking Humira, it was not approved for Ulcerative Colitis by the FDA, and since I don’t keep up with that medication, I am not sure if it is still only approved for Crohn’s or if UC is now included. Of the family/friends I know who are using Humira, both of my friends are very happy with it to treat their arthritis.
So I like UC’ers. That’s been going on since 2009 I’d say.
I started site and the eNewsletter(you can join that below) shortly after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (when my whole colon was inflamed).
For me, it was a very rough start with severe symptoms. Getting bounced from medication to medication was not easy or too helpful. But, I did meet another UC’er, changes several parts of my diet, and of course the rest is history.
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