Primatene Mist inhalers were the only OTC inhalers left on the market…now they are slowly being taken off the market. This is because since 2006 all CFC (chlorofluorocarbons) inhalers have been taken off the market. This is because CFCs are considered bad for the environment. It has been harder and harder to find pharmacies that carry Primatene Mist inhalers since and now it will be completely impossible to get your hands on one after 12/31/2011.
What to do now? UPDATE 2015– a new inhaler has become available -Asthmanefrin. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but you should be able to find it at most drug stores and it can come in handy (not for long term use).
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All other options are prescription only. Most likely, an albuterol inhaler (by prescription) will be the most appropriate alternative. Here are some options to help with paying for the inhalers: Proair assitance program, Proventil coupon, Xopenex coupon and Ventolin assistance program.
HFA inhaler switch: HFA inhalers feel quite different then the old inhalers. The old (CFC) inhalers had a propellent in them so people could “feel” the drug when using it. The new HFA inhalers have a finer mist so often patients complain they can’t taste/feel the medicine going in….be assured, the medicine is still being delivered!
If you think your HFA inhaler is broken -please see the article My HFA Inhaler is Broken
How do you feel about Primatene Mist inhalers being taken off the market? How do you feel about the new HFA inhalers? We would love to hear from you –please leave a comment!