My boyfriend has asthma and resists using the Advair as much as possible because he's concerned about long-term steroid use and because it's so expensive. Instead he regularly uses Primatine mist - I've heard this is even worse. Any feedback on this? He is almost 58 and his asthma is moderate. He is 5'9 and around 165-170 lbs. - very active (cyclist and skier).
I will provide you with some info you can share with your boyfriend:
1. Primitine Mist has a medicine called epinepherine in it, which is basically adrenaline. Adrenaline is a natural chemical in your body that increases when you are under a highly stressful situation or exercising. It dilates your lung passages to make it easier to breath, and constricts your vasculature to increases your blood pressure, elevates your heart rate, and force oxygen to vital organs. It can also make you extremely jittery or hyperactive.
3. By using primitine mist your boyfriend is only treating the acute asthma symptoms. Advair treats the underlying chronic inflammation that can actually prevent asthma from ever happening, and may even eliminate the need for a med like P. mist. I wrote about the importance of using Advair as prescribed in this post.
4. Unlike systemic corticosteroids like Prednisone, the corticosteroid in Advair is inhaled directly into the lungs and, therefore, systemic side effects are minimized (click here for list of possible side effects of Advair). Most asthma experts now believe that the advantages of Advair for most asthmatics far outweigh the mild side effects.
5. It is true Advair is expensive. He may chose to discuss this with his doctor because there are other less expensive options available. Or, if you are really strapped for money, you can call the pharmaceutical company for financial assistance (click here for more information).
On a side note here, I never bought a Primitine Mist inhaler for my asthma, as I've always been fortunate enough to have access to good health care. Yet I had a freind purchase one once for himself and he never used it, so he gave it to me.
This was back when I was a hardluck asthmatic bronchodilatoraholic, and I used that sucker up in a few days. Yeah I walked around like a lit up lightbulb for a few days, but it didn't really do much for my asthma. To me, it seemed Albuterol is twice as strong as Primitine Mist anyway.
So, not only is Albuterol 110% safeer than Primitine Mist, it is much more effective in my humble opinion. Yet, ironically, Primitine Mist is available over the counter and Albuterol is not. Someday soon, however, Primitine Mist will be a distant memory.
There, I think that should pretty much answer all your questions about Primitine Mist.