Post Edited (Mia84) : 6/1/2008 12:30:12 AM (GMT-6)
Yes I do have a peak flow meter and my best so far has been 450. Last night my average reading was 310 and today it was 380. I know there is a green, yellow and red zone. I dont know where to set mine at. On my good days I average between 420-450.
I work up this morning and my chest was sore from coughing so much and it felt like someone was sitting on my chest. But I called my Doctor's office this morning. They weren't sure if he needed to see me..he may just call a Px in for me. So we will see what happens.
If it helps at all while you are waiting to hopefully get cough syrup from the doctor, I found that for some reason when no otc cough syrup will help me cough less, the robitussin cough uh...pills? Gel caps? I forget what they are called but it's robitussin pills of some sort instead of liquid, that made me cough less when nothing else seemed to help. Also nice to not have to taste cough syrup
I hope the antibiotics work soon for you!
Right now I am using an OTC cough medicine and its helping so far. I didnt realize how much I was coughing and my chest is sore from it. Question... is feeling short of breath normal with bronchitis? I know my peak flows are pretty low compared to what they normally are.
Thanks everyone for your help!!
Actually, the only thing that will become unavailable is generic or CFC albuterol canisters. If you already have un-generic albuterol with HFA canisters, like Ventolin, ProAir or Proventil, you don't need to worry about changing inhalers. Xopenex is also not being discontinued.
The price wasn't that bad, mine was $10 for the generic and went to $25 when I switched to Proventil. When the year changed to 2008, my insurance was only charging me $15 for the Proventil since they know generic albuterol will not be available anymore. The price difference between albuterols may not be very much if your insurance company isn't really stupid or evil.
Mia, how is your cough? I hope they gave you something that is helping more.
If it helps at all, I was coughing lots and it turned out to be acid reflux from the steroid inhaler (doesn't usually happen, you have to be sensitive to it) and after about a week of prilosec made it stop. I will have to take the prilosec as long as I have to take steroid inhalers, but at least I don't cough all the time!