Generic maintenance inhalers?

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geekgal
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   Posted 9/30/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone!

My asthma has been horrible lately, and I have an appointment to see my doctor. In the past (by a different doctor) I had been proscribed Advair, but when I went to get it from my pharmacy they told me it cost $200 a month with my insurance. This seems very steep to me. Has anyone used a generic maintenance inhaler, and if so, what was the name and did you have a good experience with it?

Thank you!

couchtater
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   Posted 9/30/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
asthmacort was one. I don't know if it's still out there???
Qvar???
Joy

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 10/1/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
So far no generics for inhalers.....I can't get my combivent over 200.00.In Jan it will be 60.00 with insurance...
SnowyLynne

geekgal
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   Posted 10/1/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone tried Singulair and found that it kept their asthma well controlled?

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 10/1/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
That's expensive too............
SnowyLynne

geekgal
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   Posted 10/1/2010 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately, I haven't seen anything that is less than $100-$150 a month. :(
Asthma, GERD, & Insomnia.

couchtater
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   Posted 10/1/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I just dished out $150 for two medicines! The pharmasist denied my two coupons that would of saved me $90! My insurance says I can't use coupons of any form! :((
I've got to find a generic or suitable subsititute for Advair and patenase!
Joy

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/3/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe contact the maker of advair and see if they can help,
sometimes they have low cost programs for people that can afford there medicines..
But contact the maker of advair first to see what going on...to find this info out do a gogle search on advair or
go to www.drugs.com and e-mail the company, Hope this helps...
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couchtater
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   Posted 10/3/2010 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
It's my insurance that's preventing it, not the company. They recently make a law that I can't use coupons because the insurance program gets a rebate for me buying that particular medicine. I use a government sponsored insurance because I'm a teacher.
I'm on three $75 monthly medicines and it's eating up my money. :(
Joy

Aurora60
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   Posted 10/3/2010 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
usually don't post on this forum but thought I would see what everyone is posting about. I do use a maintenance inhaler, Symbicort and it too is very expensive. I have
researched if there is a generic maintainance inhaler and there does not seem to be one.
You can get a generic rescue inhaler which is just Albuterol but I have called all around
and no pharmacy says that a generic is made. I use insurance to pay for my Symbicort
and I also called the company and they gave me a special card. With this card I got my
first new prescription of the year for free. After that I have 11 prescriptions that are only
$25. Unfortunately I won't get to use all 11 refills. I am about to go on Medicare and I am studying all the part D programs. The Symbicort I get retails for $265. When I go to see my pulmonologist next month I am going to beg for a few sample inhalers to get
me by until my drug coverage kicks in. Even at that I am going to reach the donut hole
very quickly because this and several other of my meds are all over $100 retail. So I know what you are saying about the cost. It is such a disgrace that the drug companies
have to charge such exorbitant amounts for medication. Some executive is getting rich
off of our need for these meds. If anyone finds out about a new or generic maintenance
inhaler please advise. If I can find out anything I will post the info. Not much choice here,
be broke and be able to breathe is the way it seems. Also, your insurance should not keep you from being able to use one of the drug company programs that saves you money. My insurance allows me to use the card, but I wonder if they even know I am
getting the discount. My prescription is always listed as my copay from my insurance
and then the pharmacy just inputs the info.from the company card. Maybe you could
try to see if that would work.
 
Aurora

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/3/2010 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Start with your Doctor like Aurora said and let him/her know that the medicine just cost
too much and maybe they could help you out with some samples, but if they don't know
they can't help. Or they might know about a better medicine that might be more affordable...
Wish I could've help better...
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Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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couchtater
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   Posted 10/4/2010 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor's solution was to give me the coupons.
I'm not sure when I'll see him again, but I'll ask about something different.
Joy

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/5/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
On Advair's website lists Special Offers and Coupons..maybe you could get the
special offers...
They are also giving out 1 free inhaler for signing up...
Just trying to help...
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hugz
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* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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