Originally Posted by freestyler
Does the new propellant totally suck? I'm worried about it, because some people I know who've used the new inhalers say they are awful. I'm worried about the new ones not being able to treat any asthma attack I might get (and rarely get.) The old kind works awesome.
I agree the old kind is awesome, so do many therapists! However, there is an international treaty to discontinue use of that particular propellant because it is so bad for the environment.
The new inhalers will treat your asthma attack, however there are some things to consider:
1) you may need more puffs
2) the new inhalers almost always require use of a spacer http://allergy.peds.arizona.edu/sout...rs/spacer.html
You can get around 15% improvement using a spacer
3) you may need to rinse out your inhaler quite often to prevent blockages
4) you may get additional improvement by using a different inhaler, like Combivent (a combination of albuterol and atrovent). Many studies show that together they work 25% better than alone.
Albuterol "fish" are available from Walmart at $4 a box, and many of my more local stores are covering it for that price too. The new inhalers are more expensive, and haven't been covered by our insurance, even though that's all thats available. Since we already own the nebulizer, this has been a much cheaper option for our family.