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Old 10-10-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Possible asthma

I've had a really tight chest and trouble breathing, so I went to the student health center this morning, and it's suspected that I have asthma, probably allergy related, so I was prescribed an inhaler to help with my symptoms. The prescription says "Albuterol HFA" -- what type of inhaler will I get when I fill my prescription?

 
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Re: Possible asthma

Its an inhaler.
In the past when i had asthma i used Ventolin Inhaler when needed to.

Its a very simple device. whenever you feel an abnormal short of breath just open the cap, expire, press the inhaler while you inspire and sustain breath for a while (so the air with the medicine is retained inside your lungs just for some seconds) and it has a immediate or almost immediate effect.

Also, i heavily advise you to go to an alergologist to check your condition, and also do a exam that measures your lung capacity just to be sure everithing is ok.

when i was a kid i did one of those lung capacity exams once a year to check asthma progression.

 
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Re: Possible asthma

oh.. and by the way, you might want to do some allergy tests on your skin , or bloodtests to check if you have allergy.
but sometimes asthma doesnt come of allergy, it can be triggered by weather, practicing heavy exercise, or some other things that can damage the lungs.
try to undestand wath triggers the simptoms.

Swimming helped me a lot to cure asthma

good luck.

If you have any doubts just post. i will be here from time to time.
Had asthma for 14 years. Been without simptoms for another 14

 
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Re: Possible asthma

I know it's an inhaler...I meant like which brand. I've had an inhaler before, so I know how they work.

I've had a cough, tight chest and SOB which is why asthma is (and has been) suspected in the past.

 
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Re: Possible asthma

The one you got is a rescue inhaler, not a daily preventitive. What does the scrip call for? ProAir and Ventilin are two brand names.

 
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Albuterol HFA - brand name is PROVENTIL

 
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The one you got is a rescue inhaler, not a daily preventitive. What does the scrip call for? ProAir and Ventilin are two brand names.
I know.

The script said "Albuterol HFA."

The pharmacy filled it as Ventolin which is kind of obnoxious since that's one of the pricier brands, but oh well.

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Re: Possible asthma

Actually, it's usually the cheaper one. Since the HFA came on the market, it's no longer generic. The days of $11 albuterol are gone. They are all in the $30 up range now with the HFA propellant.

 
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Actually, it's usually the cheaper one. Since the HFA came on the market, it's no longer generic. The days of $11 albuterol are gone. They are all in the $30 up range now with the HFA propellant.
It's not on my insurance plan. It's one of the more expensive ones. It's $40 vs. the $30 for Proair or Xopenex.

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Re: Possible asthma

What Titchou wrote is correct. It cost a lot of us much more when we had to switch to HFA's.

It is frustrating how insurance can dictate our treatments more than our doctors at times.
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What Titchou wrote is correct. It cost a lot of us much more when we had to switch to HFA's.

It is frustrating how insurance can dictate our treatments more than our doctors at times.
Right. I was just saying that Ventolin is one of the more expensive ones on my insurance plan.

 
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Re: Possible asthma

I should have been a bit more clear in my response. I find it frustrating that often times we have to take the medications insurance dictates based on allowability instead of the ones that the doctors originally prescribe.

I've had that happen to me more than once. My doctor prescribes one thing and because of the high insurance cost or the fact it isn't allowable I end up having to go back to the doctor to have the script changed. Unfortunately, asthma meds have been some of my most expensive over the years.
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Re: Possible asthma

Interesting. ProAir is $40 on my insurance but the pharmacy price without insurance is $37 so the cost differential isn't much for me. I have to pay almost $40 anyway. The ventolin is cheaper from Canada but you have to pay shipping. Oh well...until one of them goes generic....which will be a long time since they are all new with the HFA.

 
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Re: Possible asthma

I take Proventil which is pretty much the same. As titchou mentioned you may need a daily preventative. I have cough variant asthma that was brought on by allergies and take two different ones. Symbicort and Spiriva.

 
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I take Proventil which is pretty much the same. As titchou mentioned you may need a daily preventative. I have cough variant asthma that was brought on by allergies and take two different ones. Symbicort and Spiriva.
Yeah...I feel like I might have CVA since I've had a chronic cough for quite some time. I'll see how I do with the Ventolin and reevaluate at a later date.

 
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