Generic Prescript. costs = Name Brand...huh? (Read 1193 times)


Feeling the growl again

     

    The "whole purpose" behind the patent monopoly in the US is not to reward inventors. 

     

    I agree with you, if you read my entire statement and took it in its entirety rather than selecting this phrase out you say exactly what I said.  However you have to give inventors a reward or they would never have the incentive to file a patent and disclose what may otherwise be a trade secret no one would figure out easily and would therefore remain their domain in perpetuity.

    "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

     

      I sure hope all you asthma folk are using a spacer device when taking your albuterol.  Otherwise, the puffers are fairly useless across the board.

       

      About 25-30 years ago when I was taking Alupent, my old school allergist had me make a paper funnel to use it. It worked great. I used it for a long time. I feel I have perfected the exhale, start to inhale, puff and continue to inhale system. It may not be 100% efficient but it works fine for me. I cringe when I see othesr just spray the stuff in their mouth not knowing how to breathe or do it correctly. At some point it is absorbed systemically but that isn't the purpose of the "fast acting" inhaler. You need to get it in your lungs.

      Those who try, fail! Those who do what it takes to succeed, succeed!!


      Needs more cowbell!

        The doc prescribes Albuterol so you can probably choose your source. It is the same active ingredient. I requested it from my pharmacy. You might want to check to see if your pharmacy has it and cost differences. It is worth the extra cost to me.

         

        I'm going to do just that next time I refill.

        I shoot pretty things! ~

        '14 Goals:

        • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

        • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

          See now, zooms, the only useful thing I told you was that bit about boys will be boys, on accounta the fact that they will. 

          "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus

          R2E


          "run" "to" "eat"

            what the hell is a spacer? if i am exhaling then inhaling the albuterol, how can that be wrong?

            i find the sunshine beckons me to open up the gate and dream and dream ~~robbie williams


            A Dance with Monkeys

              The puffer squirts the stuff such that the best aerosol is about 3-4 inches from the nozzle.  That is, somewhere behind your palate.  The spacer allows the aerosol to form as it should, but then let you inhale easily and get the medicine into your lungs.


              Needs more cowbell!

                See now, zooms, the only useful thing I told you was that bit about boys will be boys, on accounta the fact that they will. 

                 

                But it is useful...and true.  No matter how well-behaved we hope our kids will be, they will screw up at some point.  I was a good kid, but I was still no angel (and was lucky never to get caught).  Right now Dane enjoys calling us out when we swear (heh, it sure keeps him busy, some days).  He went through a phase for a while when his dad or I would have a beer, asking "are you guys getting drunk?"  He's never actually seen either of us drunk...but somehow got it into his head that drinking = drunk.  So we teach by example.  

                 

                I'd like if he at least waits until he is an adult to experiment with alcohol, but I don't think this is entirely realistic.  If he does experiment, I hope he will at least use common sense (ie never riding with someone who has been drinking, call us if he needs a ride, etc.).  We're going to have to learn more about the specific risks of alcohol + his meds. so that we can educate him on those issues.

                 

                I hope he never even considers trying cigarettes.  I never did...growing up with 2 smokers made smoking completely unattractive to me.  And Dane knows his grandpa nearly died from a smoking-related stroke a few years back...and that it took that stroke to finally make him quit.  He sees his grandma with borderline COPD and how sick that makes her.  He also deals with some of the same allergy issues that I do and I've explained to him that smoking would increase his allergy issues and risk of developing asthma.  None of our friends smoke, so in his world smoking is something "other" people do and the few smokers he does know have serious health issues.

                I shoot pretty things! ~

                '14 Goals:

                • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


                Needs more cowbell!

                  what the hell is a spacer? if i am exhaling then inhaling the albuterol, how can that be wrong?

                   

                  This.  It's also effective if you need 2 inhalations to get the entire puff into your lungs.

                  I shoot pretty things! ~

                  '14 Goals:

                  • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                  • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                  R2E


                  "run" "to" "eat"

                    well, now, that just looks like a major pain in the ass.

                    i find the sunshine beckons me to open up the gate and dream and dream ~~robbie williams


                    Needs more cowbell!

                      well, now, that just looks like a major pain in the ass.

                       

                      Yeah, I carry a relatively big purse and I'm thinking it looks like a PITA, especially if I'm driving along and need to use it.

                      I shoot pretty things! ~

                      '14 Goals:

                      • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                      • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


                      A Dance with Monkeys

                        well, now, that just looks like a major pain in the ass.

                         

                        Not being able to breathe is a PITA too.


                        Needs more cowbell!

                          Not being able to breathe is a PITA too.

                           

                          Man, I wish Singulair had worked for me...  But, hey, did you see that recent news about a different cause of asthma than the leukotriene (sp?) thing?  Some smart doctor people recently found something else that could potentially be treated with a pill, like Singulair.  I'm interested to see what that amounts to, though I don't hold out any hope that we'll see anything any time soon.

                          I shoot pretty things! ~

                          '14 Goals:

                          • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                          • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                            well, now, that just looks like a major pain in the ass.

                             I believe it's the gentleman's face. 

                            "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus

                              Not being able to breathe is a PITA too.

                               

                              Think of it as altitude training.


                              A Dance with Monkeys

                                Yes.  I do.  Sadly, all too often.