Originally Posted by jimmymc
I had my gb out Jan. 2007. Bile diarrhea is a real problem. I have been on Welchol with good (not great) success. But now I have an issue with that product... the cost!!
I guess since I had met my deductible with the surgery expenses last year, my insurance took care of the bill. Now that I am having to pay myself (until deductible is met) I realize how expensive it is.. over $180 per refill.
Do you know about the cost for cholestyramine or Colestid?
Jimmy, I have insurance and my co-pay for Cholestyramine and Colestid has always been only $15 for a one-month supply. What has always been great for me is that I have been able to stretch the stuff for longer than that, like taking only 1 pack per day of the Cholestyramine (instead of 2 packs per day), and only 2 pills/2 grams per day of Colestid (instead of 4 pills/4 grams).
There have been a few times where I've had to pay my own money though, and I found that my own cost for a month's supply of Cholestyramine and Colestid were around $75 - $80. But as I said, since I always was able to make one month's supply of Cholestyramine last 2 months, and Colestid 3 months, it wasn't so bad.
The problem for me has been unbearable side effects, even though the bile diarrhea is kept under control with both types of medicines. I am keeping WelChol in my back pocket as a last alternative...