Why not give Xopenex a try? It works great for me and as you can see a few others have used it with success.
ceebee, I read that your pharmacist is going to sell albuterol to you when there's no more. Now nobody has more albuterol, can you tell if your pharmacist still have some to sell. I would like to buy some for myself. How are you doing with the Xopenex, are you still using it?
Ceebee, Albuterol is still available only the difference is the propellant which is now HFA. I use the albuterol for my rescue inhaler and it works fine for me and I have been using the one with HFA for the past year as my pharmacist switched over early. I have very bad asthma so I use a long term inhaler called symbicort. I use it twice a day and I hardly ever have to use my albuterol. If your asthma is a daily problem you should not use albuterol every day as it can be hard on your heart. Your best bet is to talk to your dr. if your asthma is not controlled and get a long term inhaler like I use. Albuterol does not give me the jitters so that is why I like it. I was also given a xopenex inhaler and it never worked for me - no jitters but no relief for breathing. As far as the CFC albuterol you are lucky if your pharmacist still has it and is willing to give it to you. But the honest fact is the CFC that is claimed to hurt the ozone layer is such a small amount in an inhaler that it really would not harm the ozone. But we are dealing with the government, the FDA and the EPA and when they decide something then that's what happens. Even if all the asthmatics in the US were still able to have a CFC inhaler it would make no difference to the ozone. Think about all the gasoline, coal, power plant emissions that harm the ozone. Those are the things that are bad for the environment. But somebody at the EPA got it in their head to make the change. Those people must not have asthma or know anyone who does. And the drug companies would just as soon people use the long term inhalers like mine or advair because they are much more expensive. Also, when my dr. gives me a nebulizer treatment it is with xopenex but xopenex in a nebulizer is different than in an inhaler. Sorry to expound but this is a subject that really gets my goat.
One more thing for those who don't find the HFA albuterol working as well - you need to use a spacer with your inhaler. Maybe that is why the albuterol works so well for me. With a spacer the med gets into your lungs and does not linger on your tongue or in your throat if you don't use the inhaler correctly. You can get a spacer at any pharmacy and your dr and pharmacist should be telling you to use a spacer. Got all my info from my truly great pulmonologist who saved my life this summer.
Hi Chartreux, I would guess that the xopenex used in the nebulizer is stronger than my inhaler. But I am one of I imagine a few people who do not get the jitters from albuterol. And it works fine for me. But I am on symbicort long term and that keeps me breathing free. Only when I over exert myself do I need my rescue inhaler. And who knows maybe they will come out with another type of rescue inhaler. Thanks for your reply.
IWAW, have you tried using a spacer with your inhaler? This may help you not to feel as sick after using it. Also, how bad is your asthma? Maybe you need a long term inhaler and not just a rescue inhaler. Have you tried xopenex? I find it to be very mild although it doesn't help me as a rescue inhaler. How are you feeling sick from your inhaler, and which one do you use and how often? Rescue inhalers are not meant to be used every day. If you have to use is several times each day then you need a long term inhaler. Also, do you rinse out your mouth carefully after use? Using the spacer will keep the med going into your lungs and not lingering on your tongue and throat. You may feel sick if your med is staying in your mouth and throat. Before I got a spacer I was so hoarse I could barely talk. But I have bad asthma that was not under control so that is why I use symbicort for long term and I have no side effects from it now, just a slight nausea when I first started but I was able to breathe freely from the start and that meant more to me than a little nausea for a week. Please post and let us know how you are doing. Also, it might be a good idea to talk this over with your dr.
Thank you so much Auroroa for your reply, It's good to know about other albuterol inhaler, I never heard about ProAir. And yes I am using another inhaler for long term,(Flovent HFA), but that's something that I have to change, I used it when it was CFC. I need to find the right inhaler HFA for both, long term and rescuer. I will continue to taste one at a time. The spacer is a good idea also.
By the way, have you signed the petition to have the CFC back? I did and I hope we can have them back because they work better.
Thank you again.