I'm an acute asthmatic. I use, for my rescue inhaler, a 17G Albuterol inhaler. Pretty standard stuff.
I got my inhaler refilled about a week ago. Before this, I had been having only medial asthma difficulties (the usual). Nothing out of the ordinary, at all.
Now, when I ordered my inhaler (Wal-Mart pharmacy) they did two things which I didn't like. First, they changed me twice as much (30$, instead of 15$) and gave me a different brand of inhaler, saying my previous one had been discontinued to make way for environmentally friendly inhalers.
Since getting this new inhaler, I've had nothing but trouble. I wake up four or five times every night wheezing heavily, which has never happened before. Often, five or six puffs are needed to stop any attack, as opposed to the two it took before. It's just generally becoming useless and a pain in the butt.
I asked them, at the time, if they could give me the standard prescription and they told me that they could not. However, the price and the inhaler themselves are ridiculous. Solutions would be helpful. Calling the pharmacy was not, and I don't have money to throw around.
Yes, they have changed the propellant in inhalers. The old ones are no longer available. Same reason Rhinocort is only available in a spray now.
At any rate, you may need to up your dosage on your preventive inhaler....
Flovent,Advair,whatever for a while. Check with your doctor. Also, the new ones are not made to used with a spacer. If you are using your preventive inhaler (new type) with a spacer, you may not be getting enough of themed.
Once again, check with your doctor. I did.