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Old 01-07-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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My visit to the asthma doc

Hey guys --

Thought I'd update:

I had my appt with the asthma doctor this morning. They took inventory of all my symptom, past and present, did a PFT, generally listened to my lungs and breathing, checked out my ears, nose and throat, and did allergy ***** testing which made me itchy, but didn't show anything severe.

I came out with an asthma diagnosis, and a prescription for Flovent and a nasal spray, and I have to go back in 3 weeks to check in as well.

 
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OMG Flovent is expensive!! I have good insurance, and the copay was still $50!!! =/

 
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None of them are cheap unfortunately. How many puffs a day?

 
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None of them are cheap unfortunately. How many puffs a day?
True, but Flovent is one of the most expensive. (I checked online since I can price a medication with my insurance online).

4 puffs a day (110 mcg, 2 puffs, 2x a day)

 
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Glad they have you on a treatment plan. All the steroid inhalers are a lot of money I also pay 50.00 for mine but mine is a steroid and a long acting dilator in it. I am glad you have answers and can start getting your asthma under control.



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Hey guys --

Thought I'd update:

I had my appt with the asthma doctor this morning. They took inventory of all my symptom, past and present, did a PFT, generally listened to my lungs and breathing, checked out my ears, nose and throat, and did allergy ***** testing which made me itchy, but didn't show anything severe.

I came out with an asthma diagnosis, and a prescription for Flovent and a nasal spray, and I have to go back in 3 weeks to check in as well.

 
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Glad they have you on a treatment plan. All the steroid inhalers are a lot of money I also pay 50.00 for mine but mine is a steroid and a long acting dilator in it. I am glad you have answers and can start getting your asthma under control.
I'm glad too.

It's weird -- on my insurance, things like Advair and Dulera are cheaper than Flovent ($30 vs $50)...

 
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But they are not the same med so if they've determined this is what you need, you need to stick with it. The goal would be to get down to fewer puffs a day once you get it under control. I started out on 4 puffs a day but now only do 1 per day.

 
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But they are not the same med so if they've determined this is what you need, you need to stick with it. The goal would be to get down to fewer puffs a day once you get it under control. I started out on 4 puffs a day but now only do 1 per day.
I realize they're not the same...I was making a point...(which you apparently missed...)

 
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No, I didn't but was just trying to ameliorate the cost by explaining that it could be much less annually once you get your asthma under control. At only one puff a day, I get mine filled 3 times a year at $45 each. Not bad for an annual cost. Sorry that my point wasn't plainer.

 
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Oh, gotcha. It just is obnoxious because I'm on 3 other prescription meds, other than my asthma meds so my monthly cost of care is already a bit up there...

 
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Know what you mean. All of mine but the asthma meds have finally gone generic and only cost me $4 at WalMart so it's not as bad now as it used to be!

 
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Mine are generic as well, $5 at Target, but when you have multiples, it really adds up.

 
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