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To: tobyhill

I have been using the new inhalers for the past year. The quality of my life and the degree of activity I’m able to enjoy has been much reduced. I used to be able to run for two miles! Now I can barely jog half a block.

It’s the same medication, albuterol, but it’s driven out by a different propellant. Just doesn’t go as deeply into the lungs. VERY frustrating.

The only alternative is to get a nebulizer machine and some liquid albuterol and saline solution. This is what your doctor would do for you if you came into his office with a bronchospasm. The trouble is, of course, that you can’t take the nebulizer with you if you’re going on a hike or a camping trip, and it’s awkward to drag around even if you’re just going to the office. But when push comes to shove, it does work. No propellants, just drug + saline + air.

And take your inhaled steroids so you don’t need much in the way of bronchodilators.


13 posted on 05/30/2008 5:59:43 PM PDT by ottbmare
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To: ottbmare; tobyhill; kitkat
You all may want to know about a wonderful nebulizer that I use. It is tiny, silent and AA battery operated. You could easily take it hiking or anywhere for that matter.

It is the Omron NE-U22V MicroAir.



I bought ours on ebay, but you can find them online for about $200. I still use my inhaler most of the time, but this one comes in handy when I or the kids need it. I hope this helps someone.
21 posted on 05/30/2008 6:10:47 PM PDT by AngieGal
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To: ottbmare

Well I’d assume you suck in a deep breath as you press the cylinder. That should take care of it getting into your lungs.


51 posted on 05/30/2008 7:43:22 PM PDT by wastedyears (Like a bat outta Hell.)
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