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6/21/11 3:48 P

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I dislike the new inhalers because they don't deliver relief near as quickly or as well. I too find myself using multiple puffs to get the same result and also find that it takes more time. Had a recent experience that was quite scary because of this. Oh and the cost of the old inhaler (without insurance) was $4, the new one costs between $38-42. So I think it was less of "let us save the ozone" and more of profit margins leading this... I mean, you can still find CFC propelled hairsprays...

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6/18/11 3:18 A

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I used Advair and it seemed to work wonders but it was costing me an arm and a leg. Now I am using symbicort and I feel like I clear my throat constantly. It works and is cheaper but very annoying. I guess it works different for everyone.

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6/8/11 7:50 A

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Up her in Canada, the CFCs were taken away awhile ago, not much difference for me.

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5/10/11 11:01 P

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I agree. I noticed the difference too!

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5/1/11 1:57 P

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If they can get good delivery of effective medications without using the CFCs, that seems like the right thing to do. The part of it that sucks is that the change in delivery system tends to move a lot of the medications back into the realm of being covered by patents so that the prices tend to go up. I wish that more focus in the process had gone toward making sure the costs could be controlled or that subsidies would be available to help keep the medications affordable.

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4/12/11 2:02 A

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Its all about the money.

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4/12/11 2:00 A

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I feel so sorry for the ozone layer. Afterall a sick and dying mom that has asthma can always be replaced.

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10/14/10 3:55 P

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I noticed a change when Albuterol switched a couple of years ago. The new propelant delivers a smaller dose it seems. I have to take more puffs to get the results I need. For a rescue inhaler this is a bad thing. I hope they keep working on the new formula and solve some of the issues I have encountered.

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10/9/10 12:14 P

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Thank you. This doesn't affect anything I am taking, but always good to know.

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9/24/10 3:56 P

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This doesn't affect any meds administered with a nebulizer. Correct?

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9/22/10 12:51 A

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thank you for the info

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9/21/10 5:32 P

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I use Flovent, Advair seemed to mess up my throat.

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This year I have had my asthma medications changed due to some recall or other, both were inhalers. I just have Advair and Proair left.

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Appreciate the heads up! Always something new!

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Really interesting; thanks for the information.

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9/21/10 12:43 P

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FDA is discontinuing 7 asthma inhalers :
ALUPENT -(metaporoterenol) - June 2010
TILADE -(nedocromil)- June 2010
AZMACORT -(cromolyn) June 2011
AEROBID - (FLUNISOLIDE) - jULY 2011
COMBIVENT - (albuterol and ipratropium in combination) Jan 2014
MAXAIR autohaler -(pirbuterol) - Jan 2014


These inhalers rely on CHLOROFLUOCARBON propellants to deliver the meds to the lungs. They are perfectly safe to the person, but the CFC can damage the Ozone Layer.

New meds are out there - will use a propellant in place of CFC to deliver medication to the lungs.
It will feel different and could take some adjustment. If can't use the new style - ask Dr. to try powder inhaler or liquid meds that work with Nebulizer machines.

If using meds when the switch comes - can finish it before switching to new models. You won't be able to refill after the cut off dates.

I guess this is something else we are going to have to get use to. I wonder what the new prices are going to be on this?I also wonder how this is going to affect us, watching for reactions to new kinds of meds, side effects and all.

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