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With so much attention on the looming deadline to remove CFC, doctor prescribed, metered dose inhalers from the market by December 31, 2008, many do not realize that another deadline is in the works.
As early as 2010, over-the-counter epinephrine metered dose CFC inhalers may also be removed, permanently and without an over-the-counter replacement. This begs the question for asthma and allergy patients, "What do you carry?" If you have asthma or severe allergies, you may routinely carry a metered dose inhaler to administer medicine in case of an emergency. However, have you ever left it behind, at the house, in the desk at work, the restroom at school, in the hotel room or under the movie seat?
According to reports and personal anecdotes, AAFA has learned that many asthma patients rely on over-the-counter epinephrine inhalers sold at pharmacies as a back up plan when they forget their own prescription metered dose inhaler. While this method is not recommended by...
Are you currently using an albuterol metered dose inhaler (MDI) as your quick relief or rescue inhaler? If so, expect your treatment plan to change by the end of this year.
Two years ago the US Food & Drug Administration passed a rule that requires a phase-out of all asthma inhalers that use a substance called chlorofluorocarbons (CFC for short) to propel asthma medicine into your lungs. CFCs are harmful to the environment... they deplete the ozone layer. This phase-out must be complete by the end of this year.
The good news is, at least two new types of asthma inhalers are already on the market, with more likely planned before year end. The new inhalers propel the medicine into your lungs by means of a chemical called hydrofluroalkane, or HFA for short. HFA is not harmful to the ozone layer.
The bad news is, the new inhalers cost a lot more money. And they're only a replacement for prescription albuterol inhalers. If you use an over-the-counter inhaler l...
Readers of this site have asked several important questions about the use of quick relief medications - both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription. This entry follows the previous entry on OTC quick relief medications to address this question: When is the right time (and how often) to use prescription quick relief inhalers? Using quick relief (rescue) inhalers: regularly or as needed Some patients with asthma feel the need to use their rescue inhaler several times a day in addition to their scheduled long-term controller medications. Many wonder whether it might be better to use rescue inhalers on a schedule -- to ‘prevent' wheezing from starting and ‘nip it in the bud.' To many patients and scientists, this makes so much sense that National Institutes of Health-funded researchers decided to study this issue directly. Patients with asthma needing rescue medication were split into two groups -- one used their rescue inhaler only as need...
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