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I have asthma and been perscribed a controller inhaler recently. it is expensive and i would like to cut back on the usage of the inhaler. can i?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Asthma: Asthma control is often measured by how often a rescue inhaler is needed -- the decision to cut back dosing on a controller inhaler should be made in conjunction with your prescribing physician, but this is possible in certain circumstances.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
How severe?: If you have moderate or severe persistent asthma you are best advised to remain on controller medications. If cost is an absolute problem consider getting medication from canada. Alternate day oral Prednisone is effective & cheap but may be riskier than inhaled drugs. Some patients with mild persistent asthma may be controlled with controller meds only for exacetbations. Talk to your md.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Need doctor...: A controller asthma medicine is frequently used to decrease the amount of lung inflammation, which reliever meds don't do. A controller med must be taken all the time to work, not just when you have symptoms. Even though they may be expensive, if it prevents an acute episode and prevents an er visit, it is actually saving money in the long run. See your doctor before you reduce dose or stop meds.
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 48 years experience
You may be able to save money by checking with your insurance company to see if they cover a different brand of controller medication-- they are all pretty equivalent and several different ones are available. Also try the company's website; they often have coupons or other plans to help you cover the cost of your medication.
Jul 16, 2013

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