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leanan
03-16-2007, 11:00 PM
How is everyone handling the changeout of our asthma inhalers? Apparently they seem to have changed the propellant. This new propellant seems to be working better for me. It is doing a better job of pushing the meds into my lungs. Although I wonder if the old propelant did not just make my lungs more irritated so the meds had to work harder.

I just feel frustrated that there is no more generic for my inhaler while we deal with the new patent. SIGH. Now I have to figure out what to do about something to keep me stable while pregnant. I have a bad feeling the pressure of my growing tummy is going to put pressure on my naughty lungs.

RNMOM
03-18-2007, 12:01 AM
You need to speak with your OB doctor about that asap. If you have a pulmonologist/allergist they can help too but you need to also run it past your OB. Good luck and keep healthy!

leanan
03-18-2007, 10:20 AM
I have discussed it with my OB and she has refered me out to an Internal Medicine Dr first. Since my asthma is stress triggered as well as allergy triggered I would go to a Pulmonary specialist next. We have to see what the internist has to say first.

arminnie
03-18-2007, 12:58 PM
How is everyone handling the changeout of our asthma inhalers? Apparently they seem to have changed the propellant. I'm not aware of this. What meds is this for?

My advair does not have a propellent, but I do have to use albuterol daily because of possible chronic bronchitis. I had it filled a few weeks ago.

leanan
03-18-2007, 01:19 PM
This is for the rescue inhalers that many of us use. I use an Albuterol rescue inhaler.

B

shovan
03-20-2007, 10:25 AM
I have noticed the change. At first I didn't think it was going to work as well as the old one. After a couple of days, it was fine. I was able to get a generic though. It says Armstrong Pharmeuticals on it.

pugdog
03-25-2007, 12:51 PM
All of the drug compaines will have genaric forms of albuteral. It just might take some longer then others to do it.

lovethattink
03-25-2007, 02:05 PM
My son likes the "old" inhalers better than the new ones.

RxforDisney
03-26-2007, 02:18 PM
All of the drug compaines will have genaric forms of albuteral. It just might take some longer then others to do it.

We hope!

I am a pharmacist, and what is interesting to me is that the generic manufacturer IVAX has come out with an inhaler with the new propellant (HFA), but is marketing it as a brand name at the same cost as the Proventil and Ventolin brands. I don't know if it is just more expensive to make with the new propellant, or if they are just capitalizing on it while they have an opportunity. If and when other generic competitors enter the market, we will likely see the cost go down. But, until then, expect to pay brand name prices for albuterol.

Another interesting fact is that these companies have known this was coming since the early ninetys when the government set a date of December 2008 to ban any CFC containing inhalers. They have had at least fifteen years to make this change, but have waited until the last minute and have created shortages in the process.

That's big business for you.

ducklite
03-26-2007, 02:28 PM
Interesting. I haven't had to refill my Albuterol for several months, so I didn't know about this. Thanks for the heads up!

Anne

Lars624
12-09-2008, 05:11 AM
I don't like the new ones....they don't seem to work as well & for some reaason I gag when I use it:confused3

PatsMom
12-09-2008, 06:01 PM
I got my first new propellant inhaler about two weeks ago - just in time for a trip to Disney which is always sure to require more than a few puffs! I didn't really notice a difference. The pharmacist mentioned that they were more expensive but he had a discount card that took care of my co-pay. When I called Express Scripts the woman I spoke with said that the albuterol inhalers would continue to be a generic co-pay so my cost won't change.

DisDreaminMom
12-10-2008, 08:11 PM
Interesting. I guess this explains why I had to pay $30 co-pay instead of cheap generic cost. I was wondering about this.

OP, I had little problems with my asthma during both my pregnancies once I got really huge. It was worse with DD, because of extra estrogen in my system. Let's hope you're having a boy. (This is according to asthma Dr.). What was worse was gastric reflux. Yuck.

Good luck, and talk to the Dr. I remember I was all freaked out about taking any meds, especially Advair while pregnant. My funny old retired-Army Dr. told me "If you're dead, you won't be able to be a mom. Take the medicine..." Remember, you're breathing for two and it's hard enough carrying around the load of pregnancy.