But that's not necessarily true. There are options. Here are some of the ideas people have emialed to me.
- Talk to your doctor about free samples
- Advair comes in two strengths--for example, if the doctor prescribes the 250, to be used twice a day, and the patient needs only the smaller 100, and uses the 250 once a day, maybe that is better than not using it at all.
- Perhaps the doctor could prescribe one puff once a day to make the discuss last 2 months instead of one.
- Talk to your doctor about taking alternative Corticosteroids, like Beclavent, Azmacort, Advair, Vanceril.
- For those who need the added corticosteroid, they could take Advair in the morning and a substitute corticosteroid in the evening.
- You could do a combination of the above to make the med last longer
- Check this website out to find the cheapest asthma meds: http://www.needymeds.org/.
- Pharmaceutical companies have programs for folks who can't afford drugs- call them!
These are just some ideas from me and some of my readers to help those of you who cannot afford these meds. You can discuss these with your doctor and see if they might work for you. You may have to experiment a little, and get creative.
But, please don't stop taking you preventative asthma meds just because you can't afford them. And please don't stop taking them just because you feel good after not taking them for a week. Asthma can pretend to not be there at times and then can show its ugly head on a dime.