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Old 10-22-2015, 06:24 PM
 
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The other thing that might help when you have a bad chest cold is albuterol syrup, which is available by prescription only, but works very well. My dad's doctor prescribes it for him every time he gets a cold, so we've got quite a stock built up.
Thanks, I'll definitely look into albuterol syrup. Most people don't realize how difficult it is to have Asthma.
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:41 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Yes I'm using a prescription called Asmanex, is Advair a better option?
Advair isn't an emergency inhaler, it's maintenance one which you take every day. It cuts down on the use of emergency inhalers (or it's supposed to).

http://www.drugs.com/advair.html
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:47 PM
 
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I use both one for maintenance and a rescue inhaler. I'll talk to my doctor about other options.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:45 PM
 
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I use Advair for preventative and Ventolin (albuterol) for emergency. As long as I take the Advair regularly, I never have to use the Ventolin. But if I run out or forget it for a couple of doses, then I start having trouble. I've been very happy with Advair.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:03 PM
 
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Advair sounds great! I'll definitely ask my doctor about it.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:14 PM
 
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I do use a rescue inhaler (albuterol) most of the time when I'm having breathing problems, usually when exercising.
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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You have a Sacramento address, and don't you ever travel south towards the Border? Once there, cross at San Ysidro, there's at least a half-dozen pharmacies there to greet you, (no need to go into downtown Tijuana) where you don't need a prescription, unless it's a controlled substance. And, no, you don't need a passport either!

I've got asthma, COPD and I haven't bought meds in this country for 22 years, nor bother with prescriptions. Generic Ventolin (Salbutamol) will run you 3 for $12 or $14, even cheaper in Algodones. I recently bought 3 Combivents there for the price of my co-pay up here, $135

If Primatene Mist is not available here, it may be available in Mexico.

My guess is to why this medication is no long available, over-the-counter, has to do with our health care system in this country, treating everybody like they're 5 year-olds, where you must ask "Daddy" for a prescription. It all about money!

The Filipino's I work with are aghast at your health care system in this country. Like Mexico, back in their home country, you can merely walk to any pharmacy and buy you want, no prescription needed. No asking for permission from "Daddy"!

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Old 10-23-2015, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Purgatory
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I miss benzedrine inhalers.
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Old 10-23-2015, 07:35 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I don't have problems any more, TG, but when I did primatene was the only thing that worked. Years ago I was on an rx one called Alupent and it worked pretty well for awhile but as time went on I was noticing that I was using it more and more. Friends and coworkers were really starting to notice too--when I went to lunch I'd have to take it and at the end I noticed I was using it every 10 minutes. The doc was giving me trouble about it and acting like I was abusing it but I just wanted to breathe! Finally it got to where I was running out before the end of the month and doc wouldn't prescribe it any more often than that and so one night I couldn't breathe and got up at 3:00 am and ran to the grocery store and bought primatene and used it--and then in the morning--and then not for another year! I dumped that doctor lickety pronto--he just kept trying to prescribe more drugs rather than find out why I was needing to use alupent so much.

So no, I don't miss primatene but only b/c I no longer need any inhaler. I am furious that they took it off the market though.
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:41 AM
 
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You have a Sacramento address, and don't you ever travel south towards the Border? Once there, cross at San Ysidro, there's at least a half-dozen pharmacies there to greet you, (no need to go into downtown Tijuana) where you don't need a prescription, unless it's a controlled substance. And, no, you don't need a passport either!

I've got asthma, COPD and I haven't bought meds in this country for 22 years, nor bother with prescriptions. Generic Ventolin (Salbutamol) will run you 3 for $12 or $14, even cheaper in Algodones. I recently bought 3 Combivents there for the price of my co-pay up here, $135

If Primatene Mist is not available here, it may be available in Mexico.

My guess is to why this medication is no long available, over-the-counter, has to do with our health care system in this country, treating everybody like they're 5 year-olds, where you must ask "Daddy" for a prescription. It all about money!

The Filipino's I work with are aghast at your health care system in this country. Like Mexico, back in their home country, you can merely walk to any pharmacy and buy you want, no prescription needed. No asking for permission from "Daddy"!
That's a great idea about buying meds in Mexico. I have relatives in San Diego I'd like to see as well!
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