1. When one is too poor to afford meds but too wealthy to qualify for any assistance, what do they do to treat their Asthma? For these people, going to the doctor to get a prescript
ion may be sufficiently expensive to "break the piggy bank" and thus leave nothing for the cost of prescribed treatment.
2. Primatine mist is usually comparably inexpensive (vs. the $4 rx at Walmart - and not all towns have a Walmart or Target).
3. Some doctors prescribe OTC meds because they're usually less expensive than prescript
ion meds. Mine does.
4. Approx. 5% (estimated figure from FDA's website; actual numbers are most likely higher given the increasing numbers of Asthma cases and the usual underestimation of conditions which are difficult to prove/diagnose - Sulfite Sensitivity has no "gold standard" diagnosis and is often not considered in the list of triggers for Asthma and other sensitivity reactions) of Asthmatics are sensitive to a preservative called Sulfites. Primatene Mist is a sulfite-free way to treat a sulfite-reaction. If this method of treatment goes away, the ONLY treatments for those with this sensitivity will either be available by prescript
ion only (thus more expensive and more difficult to get, especially given how few MD's actually acknowledge the existance of Sulfite Sensitivity - but the FDA DOES acknowledge the existance of it) OR even less well controlled OTC nutritional supplements (Vitamin B12).
Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Multiple Food & Inhalant & Medication Allergies, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Very Low Lymphocyte Counts (T-Cells & B-Cells), malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.
Meds: Pulmicort, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Essential Oils, Homeopathy.
Post Edited (Razzle) : 11/6/2007 1:51:19 AM (GMT-7)