You may actually already have an HFA-powered inhaler, since the phase-out of CFC-powered inhalers has already begun. But if you haven’t yet made the switch — or have switched, but been puzzled by the way these new inhalers work, here are some tips from the Associated Press:
- Expect a softer puff. You’re still getting the medicine.
- Clean the hole weekly by following the instructions that came with your inhaler, since the stickier HFA can clog up inhalers more often.
- Never get the whole device wet.
- GlaxoSmithKline’s Ventolin HFA: Get a coupon for up to $15 off.
- Schering Plough’s Proventil HFA: Apply for the SP Cares Patient Assistance Program (PDF), which helps low-income patients with no prescription drug insurance coverage.
- Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals’ ProAir HFA: Get a discount card to save up to $100 off your next 5 prescriptions, or apply for the Teva Assistance Program if you’re a low-income patient.
- Sepracor’s Xopenex HFA: Apply for Sepracor’s Patient Assistance program if you’re a low-income patient.
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