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1/15/10 12:49 P

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BTRFLY9IRL - I asked one of my doctor's his opinion of ProAir and he said he does not prescribe it nor try to give it to patients to sample and the main reason is because it gets clogged to easily and sometimes is extremely difficult to unclog. Especially if you didn't know it was and you are having an asthma attack!

Using my inhaler 15 minutes before a workout sounds like a good idea for me as well. Thanks for the suggestions!

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1/10/10 6:42 P

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at first i hated ProAir, i thought it did nothing, but after using it for awhile it seems to work just fine.

the only problem i experience now is the hole where the medication comes out always gets clogged with powder so i need to rinse it with hot water frequently or else i don't get a full dose of medication.

i think i will try using my inhaler 15 minutes before i work out instead of waiting for an attack then using it. makes sense!

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1/9/10 9:54 P

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my proair has been doing ok, but with the other treatments i've been on lately it can be hard to tell exactly what meds are doing what for me.

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1/1/10 7:45 A

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Up til now I have only had to use ProAir HFA 15 mins. before exercise and it controls my asthma just fine. That being said, I have been using my inhaler more since having a recent bout of bronchitis. Cold air, perfumes, etc are extremely irritating, causing almost immediate constriction and I can't breathe. So, I am getting re-tested next week and we'll see what other meds I may be prescribed.

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12/30/09 7:02 P

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I have no problem with ProAir normally. I can pretty much take it whenever I have an attack that isn't caught by the Advair. The only difference is exercise.
I have noticed, if I wait until my chest starts hurting and I am coughing during exercise it doesn't help at all. I told my doctor about this and she told me not to wait to take it. She advised me to take two puffs 15 min before I exercise and it has helped so much better.

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12/26/09 2:22 P

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The FDA created a law banning CFC's in oral inhalant medication. ProAir HFA is Albuterol (the generic name for the drug) with out the CFC. So you have to inhale deeply since the medication is not quickly shot into the back of your throat (which the inhaler should be two finger widths away from the mouth anyway for maximum medication absorption.)

On that note. Yeah, I get no relieve during an acute asthma attack. My doctors have also given me a sample of Ventolin HFA that has its own tick counter which is important because before with the inhalers that had the CFCs in it the easiest way to judge how much medication was left in your inhaler was placing the cartridge into a bowl of water and see how it floats. Now that method does not work the same.

Proventil is what works for me. I also use Singulair which has been a life saver. I can not wait for that to be generic.

I believe ProAir may be the only manufacture that is allowing to be 'generic' so their drug is cheaper and a cheaper co-pay. Which is why you see Proventil and Ventolin brand names back. It's been SO many years since I used those specific kinds.

Proventil is the yellow with orange cap. It's like I am 6 years old again. heh.

added note: even though they are all Albuterol Sulfate same dosage does not mean it is the identical compound. I do not know how to explain it but for example the drug Zoloft, when it became generic, Sertaline, the manufacture in some places made some patients suicidal, depressed, etc, and when their doctor put them back on the formula brand, Zoloft, they went back to how they have always reacted with Zoloft. If that makes any sense to anyone.

Either way, my $.02 is ask for Proventil or Ventolin samples/prescriptions. :)

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12/20/09 10:02 P

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I used to be on Ventolin but then they switched me to Pro Air and I felt the same thing...it provided me no relief. I take symbicort every day and when I feel like I need a rescue inhalor I just take a puff of the Symbicort (my doc said it was ok). The ProAir does not seem to relieve my symptoms right away!!!

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12/8/09 5:59 P

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ProAir is an albuterol inhaler.
I currently have a ProAir inhaler and a Warrick inhaler, both contain albuterol as the active ingredient.
I also have a Xopenex inhaler, which uses levalbuterol.
My favorite of the three is the Warrick, although it tastes bad and sometimes make me cough, I feel like it opens my airways better than the Xopenex or ProAir. The Xopenex can make me short of breath and like others have said....ProAir doesn't seem to do more than coat the throat for me.

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11/25/09 1:51 P

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ProAir has not worked well for me; there's less medicine and it costs more than Ventolin but Ventolin works really well for me when I need it. AdVair works wonders if I stick to the program and use it every day like my doctor ordered.

HOWEVER...when I changed my diet using SP, I was off ALL my asthma meds! So here I am trying to get back going after being off SP for a few months. I'm paying the price for leaving...its hard to get going and my asthma is interfering with my exercise routine. So I will try the nutritious food routine for a while until I get my asthma under control then move on to the exercises.

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AVA6260 Posts: 4
11/21/09 11:30 A

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Oddly enough, the few times I tried Albuterol it triggered an asthma attack, and yet, ProAir works wonderfully for me.

We all know that managing asthma properly is a very challenging issue; we all are different in how we respond to meds (I am highly sensitive), what we are allergic to (me, nothing; I have extremely reactive airways that trigger asthma).

The BEST thing that has helped me is to FINALLY give a maintenance inhaler (QVAR 80) a fair try. My asthma doctor had been encouraging me to use a maintenance inhaler daily, but I just didn't listen; I thought using a rescue inhaler 4-8 times a day was normal for me (DUH).

I finally committed to using the QVAR daily after my last hospitalization. I have had NO asthma problems whatsoever in EIGHT MONTHS and rarely even use my ProAir (rescue) inhaler! For the first time in my adult life, I do not carry a nebulizer with me everywhere I go...it's so fabulous!!!

Cheers,
Ava

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11/2/09 10:41 P

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Proair did no good for me, i've been on albuteral for years and recently i was given Advair. this was the biggest improvement for my breathing. i know it's expensive if you don't have insurance to cover it, but depending on your symptoms this might be something to talk to your doctor about.

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10/18/09 9:12 A

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Proair (IN MY VERY BIASED OPINION) is air..just air. That is the effect it has for me. I think I could use the whole container and not get any relief. I use Ventolin HFA and have very good results with it. I do not notice any side effects but of course I have been using it for so many years that maybe I won't. I am also on Symbicort and have found that this really helps me. What the side effects will be in a few years I don't know but for now it really helps. I am a 62 year old woman who has had asthma for 61 years, a non-smoking COPD patient, not a small child. Ask your doctor.

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10/18/09 7:59 A

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I know that is what they give me for my son this past time to help him get over the flu. He coughs so hard that is constricting his airways and use the inhaler to open them up. It seemed to work fine last night but he had a proventil one. I take Xopenex as my relief because it doesn't race the heart as bad. Now remember you have to reprime them if you haven't used it in a while to make sure your getting all the mist coming out and it might also need to be cleaned too. Good luck.

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10/17/09 11:13 P

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So this is the first time that my inhaler has been changed since I was in 3rd grade. I have always been on Albuterol, but suddenly last month I was given ProAir instead. I haven't had a reason to use it until the last day or two and I have noticed that it is nowhere near what my old inhaler was. Before, when I used the inhaler I felt almost immediate relief. When I held my breath that 5-10 seconds after the first puff, I could feel it working in my lungs. This new inhaler does not give me the same sensation and I have used it several times today. Has anyone else experienced the same problem with this particular inhaler?

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