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   Posted 3/15/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm new to this board.  I was diagnosed with asthma about a year ago.  At that time, my doctor (primary care) gave me Advair and Albuterol.  I was only to take the Advair for 2 wks (which I did).  The Albuterol seemed to work for a while. 
I also have Ulcerative Colitis, which started flaring last fall and currently still is.  At that time, the Albuterol didn't seem to work very well.  I started using it up to 6x/day, which seemed like a lot, and it didn't really help much.
I saw the same doctor this month, and she put me back onto Advair (twice a day this time) and now I take Singulair too (once daily).  They seem to be working okay, and I only use the Albuterol once or twice a day.
I currently take a lot of meds because of my UC.  My cost of those after insurance is around $600/month.  If I add in the Advair and Singulair (an additional $300) I  have a total of just over $900/month in copays for meds.  That is way too much for me!  My doc for UC is wonderful and gives me samples whenever he can, but the cost is still incredible.
QUESTION: Are there generics or alternatives to Advair and Singulair that might be an option?  My primary care doctor says no.  I am seeing a new doc in April.  I really need to figure something out!
Also, I seem to keep developing allergies.  I tend to get rashes most commonly, but also have headaches and serious dark circles under my eyes.  My current doctor ignored those symptoms.  I also wonder if any of my meds can cause these as side effects.
Thanks in advance.

Diagnosed Dec. 2003 (left sided)  Dec. 2005 (pancolitis)
My only true Remission 3/06-10/06  
Currently in flare since 10/06
Sulfasalazine 500 mg 2pills four times/day 
Ultram ER 200 mg/night/pain       Singulair 10mg/day (Asthma)
Entocort 9 mg/day                    Advair 100/50 2x/day (Asthma)
Azathioprine 150 mg/day           Albuterol 2x/day (Asthma)
Xifaxan 1200 mg/day                 Allergic to Mesalamine, Demerol
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   Posted 3/15/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Wow, that is a LOT for copays. My advair and singular come to about that before copay. I know of no generic of either. Keep getting the samples. I don't know where you live but here we can get cheaper by mail for three monthes at a time. Might want to check that out. Good luck.

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   Posted 3/15/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried Advair & it nearly choked me to death.I take Singulair & use Combivent inhaler..........

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   Posted 3/15/2007 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately neither Singulair nor advair have a generic (yet) but I did find them on the PPA (Partnership for Prescription Assistance) website. check out this website and see if they might be able to help you.
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   Posted 3/16/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Dixie, hun that is a lot. So sorry these meds are not out in generic yet. I take the singulair and asmanex not advair. I tried the advair and it made my asthma worse. I would tell your doctor that these meds are to much for you to afford and your doctor might be able to give you some or do as red suggested the partnership for prescription assistance and your local pharmacy should have info on that.
Take care hun and hope you find something that can help you.

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   Posted 3/31/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   

I just want to tell you that there are generics available for all these ridiculously expensive meds but they are manufactured and must be purchased from India. You can order generic spiriva, advair, singulair and most other asthma meds at incredibly (almost unbelievable) low prices from an Indian online pharmacy called The shipping is usually about $25 per order so it pays to order all the meds you need at one time. Also you should order 90 day supplies at a time as that is the amount you are arguably legally allowed to import at a time for personal use. I have found that the cost of these asthma meds at is almost always less than just the copay I was paying for these meds when I had insurance. Many people have provided feedback on the reliability of this company and their products which you can find by googling Highly recommended.

Good luck.

Example below for generic advair:

Click on "Similar in composition to" or " Our Brand" to proceed further.
Image Similar in composition to Our Brand Generic
Pack Price
Advair 50-100 Seretide 50-100 Salmeterol & Fluticasone Propionate 50 mcg / 100 mcg Accuhaler $31.17
Advair 50-100 Rotacaps Seroflo 100 Salmeterol & Fluticasone Propionate 50mcg + 100mcg 30 Rotacaps $6.50
Advair 50-250 Seretide 50-250 Salmeterol & Fluticasone Propionate 50 mcg / 250 mcg Accuhaler $34.11
Advair 50-250 Rotacaps Seroflo 250 Salmeterol & Fluticasone Propionate 50mcg + 250mcg 30 Rotacaps $7.00
Advair 50-500 Seretide 50-500 Salmeterol & Fluticasone Propionate 50 mcg / 500 mcg Accuhaler $38.62
Advair Inhaler Seroflo 125 Salmeterol & Fluticasone Propionate 25mcg + 125mcg 120 mdi Inhaler $8.90
Advair Inhaler Seroflo 250 Salmeterol (as Xinafoate) & Fluticasone Propionate 25mcg + 250mcg 120 mdi Inhaler $12.70
Advair Multi-Haler Seroflo Mlti-Haler Salmeterol + Fluticasone Propionate 50mcg+500 mcg 30 Doses $18.00
Advair Multi-Haler Seroflo Multi-Haler Salmeterol + Fluticasone Propionate 50mcg + 250 mcg 30 Doses $15.00
Advair Multi-Haler Seroflo Multi-Haler Salmeterol+Fluticasone Propionate 50mcg + 100mcg 30 Doses $12.50
Advair Rotacaps Seroflo Rotacaps Salmeterol & Fluticasone Propionate 50mcg + 500mcg 30 Rotacaps $8.00
Click on "Similar in composition to" or " Our Brand" to proceed further.

Post Edited (mongatu) : 4/4/2007 3:52:41 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/2/2007 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
:-) Dixie, I also take Advair. My copays are low. I have MA, Medicare insurance. I haven't heard of any generics for advair. There are other asthma controller medications that may be cheaper for you.

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   Posted 4/4/2007 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   

I use Advair also and used to use Singulair. There just aren't any generics for them. I spend around $500 a month on co-pays. Asthma is a very expensive illness to have. Just this past summer I was diagnosed with epilepsy, so I'm not even sure how much I am spending a month now. I haven't really figured it out yet. I also take a monthly injection of Xolair which would run around $1,000 a year without insurance. I absolutely do not know what people without insurance do.

For the past couple of years my allergist has had me on Zyflo instead of Singulair just because at the time she wanted to try something different. It works for me. Since it is one of the older asthma drugs, it is much cheaper. I don't know if it would work for you or not.

Good luck to you!


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   Posted 4/21/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Once again, contrary to the misinformation repeatedly posted in this thread, YES THERE ARE inexpensive high quality GENERICS for all these costly asthma medications available from India. These generics are just not currently available at your local American brick & motar pharmacy. But you can order them online from the site I mentioned in my previous post. This is literally a lifesaver for those who don't have insurance. Believe it or not, I am actually getting my asthma meds now for less than what I used to pay in co-pays when I did have insurance coverage for drugs. It you want or need to save money, do yourself a favor and check it out.

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   Posted 11/7/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I know this an old thread, but I just wanted to chime in that Mongatu is right, there are generics of all these asthma meds available.

Personally, I don't order meds from India if I can help it because of the time difference and, frankly, I hate dealing with customer service there too.

You can however order generic asthma meds from Canada or Mexico. Canadian ones are more expensive than Mexican ones. You can get English-speaking customer service from Mexican suppliers too.

I know it seems a little scary to order meds from people online, but speaking as someone who has only started having insurance recently, they were a lifesaver.

This is what happens:

1. Register at a site. Fill out brief medical needs.
2. Online doctor writes a script.
3. Online pharmacy fulfills it.
4. They mail you the medicine.

The prices are crazy low compared to name-brands. Advair for instance is $35 instead of $200.

Hope none of you vote or voted Republican because generics are available, just not in the US and you really need think about why. Nobody wants to turn the US into Russia, China, or Cuba. It's absolutely ridiculous that a kid who can't breathe needs $600/month WITH insurance for meds that are $100/month in Canada. It's BS and not a myth.

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   Posted 12/30/2011 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I would like any feedback from anyone that has problems with seroflo discus versus use of advair discus. It looks like they have identical content. My wife says the seroflo makes her feel like she is allergic to it, but advair doesn't. She should also take singular and does have combievent inhalers too. Of course, she hasn't quit smoking yet. duh. I use to smoke too and use inhalers for asthma. I got desensitized and my life treating asthma subsided. Yes my wife had animals also, cats and dogs. She is precious isn't she.

Well the difference between seroflo and advair is about 3 to 1 in price. You can get 3 times the seroflo as the advair. Also there are capsules which you put into an little plastic inhaler and break open the powder and then inhale them. They are really cheap. I have a script for them just in case of an emergency.

Thanks for your help.

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   Posted 12/30/2011 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
You can get coupons on the net or from her doctor to reduce the price of the Advair. I save $50 perscription with these coupons.
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