My 12 yr old had a near fatal asthma attack last week. He was in the hospital for nearly a week. The problem is, I can't afford all the meds he needs. The insurance will take two and a half months to be ok'ed. I am terrified he will have another attack, which was an absolute nightmare. When he was released today, the hospital did not even give us a couple of doses, just in case. I am SO grateful the doctors saved his life, but also I am SO embarrassed that I cannot afford this badly needed medicines. Is there any way I can get these meds? My son cannot wait until May or possibly, June for these meds. Even as I am writing this, his little body is fighting for each breath. Can anyone please help us? BTW, this was the first time he had such an attack. I was unaware of his having asthma, thinking it was just allergies all this time. Thank You
Hello macarthur251. Most all pulmonary/allergy doctors carry various medications/samples to treat the various conditions such as COPD, asthma and so on. I suggest you contact a pulmonary physician and explain the situation, The manufacturers themselves will often offer samples in part of a trial basis. Regards pledge
I saw your question about getting the medication for your son's asthma attack. I see an allergist who gave me free samples of the medicine I needed for a year. After that I started on allergy shots to control the asthma, I have been on the shots for over 2yrs and it has helped control my asthma attacks. Looking into a specialist was where I started and from that point we found out what I was allergic too. Also an allergist will guide you to getting your son's asthma under control. I am on flovent diskus, nasal spray, and always have a rescue inhaler on hand. Having a specialist is much more helpful than a primary care doctor. I have quite a few specialists and realized that is better for treating a major health issue..
Don't feel embarrassed about affording asthma medicine, they are expensive and don't come in generic. I found getting the medicine thru mail order is less expensive.
Maybe your doctor can offer some input on helping you get samples until your insurance comes thru as well.
Hope my experience can give you some ideas while waiting, not to mention the worry of another attack.
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