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I'm 36 years old and I have had severe persistent allergic asthma since age 3.

I totally know how your husband feels. This time last year, all I could think about was the fact that I would die from this disease. I was on antibiotics and prednisone every 4-5 weeks. I had severe headaches from having to use the albuterol nebulizer every 4 hours. I had to take it to work with me. I thought that if asthma didn't kill me, the meds would. I took 5 meds on a good day, not including the allergy shots, and up to 8 meds on a bad day.

Then I started Xolair a couple of months after it was approved in June 03. Xolair is for allergic asthma. it costs about $2600 per month. It is only available through doctors who get it from specialty pharmacies. It has changed my life completely. I have not had a severe episode since late December. I had some trouble in February when the grasses started blooming and needed a pred taper then, but otherwise, I have had such little trouble that I have quit all the meds except daily antihistamine.

I say this to tell you that this is the best time ever to be an asthmatic. Why? Because it is a persistent disease, pharmaceutical companies are doing all kinds of research into drugs to prevent and treat asthma b/c they know that all of us need these drugs on a regular basis and that they will be able to pay their research costs and make a great deal of money over time. Xolair is a miracle and I know there are other miracles coming.

Your husband needs to see the best pulmonologist available in your area. I go to a pulmonary-allergy specialist.

There is hope. There is hope. There is hope!

I am interested in Xolair because none of the other drugs I take (except prednisone) seems to control my asthma. Even the prednisone doesn't control it completely. But I could not afford to pay $2600 a month for Xolair. Does your insurance pay for it? I am on Medicare and don't know if they would classify Xolair as a prescription drug or not. If they classify it as a prescription drug, they would not pay for it.