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Tue Sep 4, 2018, 01:02 PM

Symbicort..

Nasty asthma since getting over the flu back in February..Went to
an asthma/immunologist and they said I needed to start taking
a steroid..and started me on symbicort. They gave me some
samples after I said I couldn't afford it..350 to 400$ for the
160/4.5...I also started going a pulmonary clinic...they agreed
on the need for what they call a controller...I could go a couple
of ways to afford symbicort...enroll in the medicare, plan D...drugs, this
coming october and or try the canadian online drug company's,
which I did...Doc said he has heard favorable reviews from some
of his patients that are doing this too. Guess I will see..
Is anyone taking symbicort or another type of asthma steroid?
Is it helping...I've yet to notice any differences to my breathing
problems...

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Reply Symbicort.. (Original post)
Maxheader Sep 2018 OP
SummerSnow Sep 2018 #1
Maxheader Sep 2018 #3
empedocles Sep 2018 #2
Maxheader Sep 2018 #4
empedocles Sep 2018 #7
empedocles Oct 2018 #9
Maxheader Oct 2018 #8
PennyK Sep 2018 #5
Maxheader Sep 2018 #6
Jane Austin Oct 2018 #10
Maxheader Oct 2018 #11
Jane Austin Oct 2018 #12
moriah Dec 2018 #13

Response to Maxheader (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 01:08 PM

1. My uncle uses Symbicort and he said it works well for him,

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:21 PM

3. Thanks for the help...

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Response to Maxheader (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 01:12 PM

2. All costly

Advair is a ripoff. generic Advair is fluticasone propionate and salmeterol - 'only' $85' /month Walmart.

I'm looking to Canada, haven't done so yet. let me know on canadian please.

I have mild, stable late onset asthma and weak RV #s.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:24 PM

4. Mailed in a check....

and the signed agreement for what the pharmacy
will and won't do....
I will let you know what happens...

https://www.canadapharmacy.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/customer.info/

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:58 PM

7. thanks

Any advice on which pharmacy to select would be helpful. Seems that even among the 'certified' pharmacies, the prices/ vary widely.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 4, 2018, 05:07 PM

9. thank you for following up on this.

how did u select this particular pharmacy? [I need to get on the stick with this]

thanks again.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 04:18 PM

8. Recieved the symbicort...

Canadian Pharmacy

Haven't used it yet...Vannair...200/6.
(This is printed on the box)
Each inhalation delivers 160 ug budesonide
and 4.5 ug eformoterol fumarate dihydrate.
(Same as the samples I'm using now)

120 inhalations. 135$ plus 10$ shipping.

The cost here? between 3 and 400 dollars
for 60 inhalations.

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Response to Maxheader (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:25 PM

5. Me! I take it

Last edited Tue Sep 4, 2018, 07:43 PM - Edit history (1)

I was diagnosed with moderate COPD two years ago (I had started experiencing shortness of breath), and my new pulmonologist put me on Symbicort. One day in, my symptoms were gone. I also have a rescue inhaler, and I think I used it once. I love the stuff, and my mother, who has more severe COPD, also uses it.

Hope you find a way of dealing with the cost...I'm also on Medicare and i have a D plan, and luckily for me I can afford my copay. When you sign up, you look for the plan that gives the best deals on your prescriptions. We have a Medicare supplemental plan with a company who does that legwork for us.

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Response to PennyK (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 4, 2018, 02:28 PM

6. Thanks for the response...Not really

noticing any positive affects..I may decide not to use it
if it doesn't start helping in a few months or so..Glad
it helps you!!

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 6, 2018, 07:05 PM

10. It may be that plain old Albuterol

might work for you.

It's a "rescue inhaler" so it opens up your airways toute suite, and it's vastly cheaper.

My doc gave me a sample of Onoro - the one with the irritating Go Your On Way commercial - and there was a coupon inside which said "never pay more than $10 for Onoro".

Turns out, if you have Medicare, you're not eligible, and I hit the donut hole every May.

That's me you see begging all my doctors for samples.

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Response to Jane Austin (Reply #10)

Sat Oct 6, 2018, 07:40 PM

11. Pro air..albuterol has been my rescue inhaler for years...

Before that there was isuprel..but it was a pretty severe heart stimulant...
don't believe it is sold anymore...

Unfortunately, something happened last February..flu followed by viral
bronchitis..and my asthma worsened...rescue medihalers no long
provided the relief as before...I use a nebulizer now...only thing that
gives me total relief from an attack...

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #11)

Sat Oct 6, 2018, 07:45 PM

12. Am glad you have those.

ProAir, for me, delivers a really good puff. Some brands don't.

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Response to Maxheader (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 01:49 PM

13. Right now the asthma fund on Healthwell is open, if you're paying attention to DU lately....

https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/fund/asthma/

They either offer a premium assistance fund to get your premiums down to something you can afford, or they offer a copay assistance fund. I got approved for copay assistance within 2 hours today.

I have Medicare Part D and my asthma inhaler copays are too expensive, so these type of funds have helped me greatly. PAN Foundation and Copays.org also have Asthma funds, and I've used PAN's Asthma fund in the past. PAN only reimburses if the med copay is $50 or more, but getting them every 3 months makes the copay that until I hit gap (and one I hit gap, the copays are well over $50). I saw Healthwell's minimum reimbursement at the pharmacy is $5, so that makes me happy -- means since my Medicare supplemental plan stopped covering Ventolin but 3 months of Proair is less than $50, it will still cover my rescue inhalers too.

They do require you have insurance, but it makes using your insurance for the medications MUCH easier. I can't afford even 25% of what either Advair OR Symbicort, along with any of the varieties of anticholinergic inahlers (either Pressair or Sprivia), cost, and that's what they consider "completely filling the coverage gap".

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