Hi Sam, I use a Pro Air albuterol inhaler when I need it. My asthma went out of control this summer. I used to just get asthma when I had a respiratory infection. Then in July I started having attacks every day. Used albuterol every day 2 puffs, 4 X a day. Went to one pulmonologist and had all the lung function tests. He was a jerk. He said my problem was I needed to lose weight and I didn't have asthma. Went to 2nd pulmonologist and he looked at my test results and said I definitely had asthma. I now take symbicort as a long term maintenance inhaler and it has worked wonders. No jitters, just a a little nausea at first which went away. And I was willing to take it just to be able to breathe. I only once in a while take albuterol and it does not give me the jitters. It is a rescue inhaler and you should not be using it every day. There is another rescue inhaler called Xopenex which is not supposed to cause jitters. I tried it, didn't get jitters and still couldn't breathe but some people love it. If you are having asthma everyday you need to see a lung specialist and get on the right meds. Just wanted to share my experience with you. Let us know how you are doing and good luck.
Hi Green, Just curious have you seen a lung specialist recently? I think you should see someone who can diagnose you present situation. Who gives you your albuterol? Your PCP? I am asking because I am afraid of new meds but the new one I take, the symbicort is not a steroid. It is a long acting one but it totally controls my asthma. Just to be safe I would recommend seeing one of your drs. to be sure you are handling your breathing problems the correct way. Anyone who is using 4 albuterol inhalers in one month is paying a lot, or has great insurance and is certainly putting their health at great risk. Too much albuterol is dangerous for your heart. I hope I have helped in some way, and I do understand you not wanting to try a new med but please see a dr. to be sure you are safe.
Sam, As I mentioned I use a long term inhaler, symbicort. It is not a steroid inhaler. I take 2 puffs in the AM and 1 at night but sometimes I don't need the nightime puff. My asthma is at the moment completely under control. The only side effect I had from this inhaler was a little nausea but that went away in less than a week. I have no side effects now and have been on it about 6 weeks. My insurance covers most of the cost as this inhaler is very expensive if you don't have insurance. My copay is $26. I asked you in a previous post if you have been to a pulmonologist recently but I noticed you did not answer that question. If you are worried about your asthma you really need to see a dr. even if it is just your internist. You cannot get this med without a prescription. If your breathing gives you anxiety you may need an anti anxiety med to keep you calm. It is very good that you quit smoking and I am proud of you for doing that as I understand it is very hard to quit. I have never smoked but still have this bad asthma. But as I said I rarely use my albuterol. I just have it in case I should get an attack. Please, if you haven't done so do go to a dr. and get checked out. It is the best way to keep control over good health. Take care.
Post Edited (Green Grove) : 12/7/2008 7:03:48 PM (GMT-7)
Hi Sam, I know how hard it can be with insurance companies. I pay a huge premium every year and then have to pay $4000 before my insurance kicks in. I am on payment plans to every dr. I have seen this yr which is approx 6 and then I have a payment plan to the hospital for ER and all my tests. I have to take the money out of my retirement account which is supposed to be for my retirement not drs. I only pay each one about $10 or $20 a month. Tough luck for them - I guess someone won't be getting a new Mercedes or BMW this year. At least my insurance does cover all my meds. It's too bad you can't get to a dr. because they often have samples of meds that they will give you when they know you are not able to afford them. My pulmonologist gave me samples to get me started so that saved me for at least 1 month. I am getting all the rest of my dr. appointments out of the way before Dec. 31 as my insurance is paying 100% now. Then I am going to keep away from drs. until I can get these bills paid off. I am 63 so have 2 yrs left & then I will have medicare. I tend to talk alot, Sam, so sorry because you wanted to know about the old inhalers as opposed to the new ones. The old albuterol with CFC worked the best. The new one I take is the Pro Air HFA and it still works pretty good, but nothing works as well as the ones with the CFC now banned by the government, probably the EPA. Only thing is when I have talked to my drs. they have all said that the small amount of CFC was not enough to hurt the environment. That is why you have people on these more expensive inhalers like symbicort and Advair.So as long as you are careful about using your albuterol you should be fine. Just really try to stay calm and if you are starting to feel difficulty breathing it is best to use the inhaler so the attack doesn't get bad and you can clear up faster. The healthcare system in the US is a mess and I hope the new administration will start to do something so people can get the care they need. Take care of yourself, Sam and post anytime and I will try to help.