If you’re looking at treatment options for ulcerative colitis, you may want to learn more about balsalazide (Colazal).
Balsalazide is a generic prescription drug that’s used to treat ulcerative colitis in adults and some children. This drug is also called balsalazide disodium.
Balsalazide is also available as the brand-name drug Colazal.
Balsalazide belongs to a group of drugs called aminosalicylates. It comes as a capsule you take by mouth.
Keep reading for details on balsalazide and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on balsalazide, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for balsalazide can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
To find out how much you’ll pay for balsalazide, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below are answers to some common questions about balsalazide and cost.
How much does balsalazide cost with insurance?
The cost of balsalazide with insurance is typically less than you’ll pay without insurance.
But the exact cost of balsalazide varies. It depends on a few factors, such as:
- the pharmacy you use
- your insurance plan
- the number of capsules you’re prescribed
- the strength of balsalazide you take
To find out the exact cost of balsalazide with insurance, it’s best to talk with your insurance provider. Your doctor or pharmacist can also give you information on the cost of this drug.
What will balsalazide capsules cost per month?
The cost of balsalazide per month may depend on a few factors. These include the number of capsules you buy and the pharmacy you use.
Balsalazide isn’t typically used for more than 12 weeks. But it’s possible that getting a 12-week (90-day) supply of balsalazide may cost less than a 30-day supply. Your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance company can tell you if a 12-week prescription could save you money.
To find out exactly how much balsalazide will cost per month, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you’re worried about paying for balsalazide, see “Can I get help paying for balsalazide?” below for cost-saving information.
Balsalazide is a generic drug that also comes as the brand-name version Colazal. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be just as safe and effective as the original drug. Generics also tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
To find out how the costs of Colazal and balsalazide compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you’ve been prescribed balsalazide and you’re interested in using Colazal instead, talk with your doctor. They may recommend one version over the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one drug or the other.
If you need help covering the cost of balsalazide or understanding your insurance, check out these websites:
On these sites, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.
If you have questions about how you can pay for balsalazide, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you still have questions about the cost of balsalazide, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what you’ll pay for this drug. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for balsalazide.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- What does balsalazide cost compared with brand-name Colazal?
- How does the cost of balsalazide compare with the cost of other ulcerative colitis drugs?
- What are my options if I can’t afford balsalazide?
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