Mesalamine is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat ulcerative colitis in adults and in children who weigh at least 24 kilograms (about 53 pounds).
For more information about mesalamine’s uses, talk with your doctor.
Here are some details about mesalamine:
- Drug class: aminosalicylate
- Drug forms:
- delayed-release (DR) oral tablet
- DR oral capsule
- extended-release oral capsule
- Brand-name versions:
- Asacol HD
Read on to learn about mesalamine and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of mesalamine can vary. Some factors may affect the price you’ll pay. These may include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
To find out what the cost of mesalamine will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and mesalamine.
Does the price of mesalamine vary by form and strength?
Yes, it’s likely that the price of mesalamine will vary based on the form and strength your doctor prescribes. Other factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
Below are the forms and strengths of mesalamine that are available:
- delayed-release (DR) oral tablet:
- 800 milligrams (mg)
- 1200 mg (1.2 grams [g])
- DR oral capsule:
- 400 mg
- extended-release oral capsule:
- 250 mg
- 375 mg (0.375 g)
- 500 mg
- rectal enema (suspension):
- 4 g per 60 mL
- rectal suppository:
- 1000 mg
Is there a mesalamine copay card?
Possibly. Depending on the drug manufacturer, a copay card may be available. To learn about financial support to pay for mesalamine, see the “Financial and insurance assistance” section below. It has resources that may assist with mesalamine copayments (copays).
What’s the cost of mesalamine with and without insurance?
The cost of mesalamine can vary with or without insurance. In general, costs are usually higher without insurance.
Your pharmacist can answer questions you may have about how much mesalamine costs. They may be able to determine the costs you’ll pay for mesalamine. You can also talk with your doctor or insurance provider.
Mesalamine is available in the following brand-name forms:
A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. Generics also tend to cost less than brand-name drugs. To find out how the cost of a brand-name form compares with the cost of mesalamine, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If your doctor has prescribed mesalamine and you’re interested in using a brand-name form instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.
Keep reading to learn more about ways to reduce long-term drug costs with mesalamine.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of mesalamine. If approved by your insurance company, getting a 90-day supply of the drug could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost. If you’re interested in this option, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Using a mail-order pharmacy
Mesalamine may be available through a mail-order pharmacy. Using this type of service may help lower the drug’s cost and allow you to receive your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order medications. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug via mail order.
If you don’t have health insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could work for you.
If you need financial support to pay for mesalamine, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:
These sites can provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and mesalamine, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance on cost issues related to you and mesalamine. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for mesalamine.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage for drugs, see these articles about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.
- Save money. Explore this article for tips about how to save money on prescriptions.
- Information about your condition. For more information about ulcerative colitis, see our list of related articles.
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