Is There A Generic Version Of Advair Available?

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Asked by Christine

Is There A Generic Version Of Advair Available?

The pharmacy said Advair costs about 150.00US per month. Is there a cheaper generic version?

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This seems to be a very common question of late.   And you are correct:   there is not a generic Advair available.   The patent for a new medicine lasts for about 25 years.   Since Advair is a relatively new medicine, it will be quite a few years before a cheaper generic will be available. However, there have been discussions on when a generic version of Advair will be released.

Advair has a corticosteroid and a long acting bronchodilator in it, which has worked wonders for many asthmatics and COPD patients -- plus it's easy to use.

If you cannot afford your Advair it would be a good idea to mention this to your doctor as there are alternative corticosteroids that are more affordable, such as Vanceril, Azmacort, etc.   The long term bronchodilator component does not  have a cheaper alternative. Here is a list of the Top 10 Asthma Medications that may be a good reference to address with your doctor.

Answered by John Bottrell