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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