... since roughly 2001. Medicare switched me to a new plan for 2013, since my old plan's prices have gone way up (I get extra help, due to finances, so money IS a big issue). Unfortunately, my new plan does not cover Advair, and I'm clueless as to what else will work in maintaining the status quo of my lungs. I only have a pain mgmt doctor presently, and he is happy to prescribe my asthma medication for me... I just don't have any idea what I should request to replace my Advair! I just can't afford to get a second doctor, pay the additional co-pay for office visits, etc
Hello guineapigslave. I have COPD. Several years ago I switched from Advair to Spiriva. (In my case the Spiriva works better for me) Regards pledge
Wow, I answered this, but it's not showing, but after reading your response to Pledge, I'm not sure. You must have a different formulary than I do. (Just started Part D jan. 1st) We have a secondary too, & Spriva is listed as a tier 2, & so is Symbicort . Albuterol is listed as a tier 1 in my book...
Hi lil guineapigslave, I share your frustration. I also hate the powdered inhalants but that's another matter. I have resorted to buying my inhalers
(Albuterol (sp)? :( and Flovent) because they are so incredibly expensive now. The maintenance med is the bigger problem, you're right!
I collect them in France now and I'm probably on some kind of International Inhalers Smuggling List. :)) My ins formulary covers only the rescue med as well.
Wish I had a better answer. I too will be looking to see what replies you get for this good question! Hope you're feeling OK these days. How are the pigs??
Hello to you too dear pledge!
Love from your friend,
I'm not quite clear on how medicare just up and changed you without your input. Its pretty stupid for them to pick a plan that won't help you. My part d covers advair, with a 35 copay. Its a cheap plan too. Have you tried to get help from the manufacturer with it?
Just bring your list to the pharmacist! He will know which one is compatible to Advair for sure.
Hi my friends, I was reading this old post this morning and really laughing-we do have fun, don't we, when we occasionally get off track?? Ha Ha Ha you are a hysterical bunch. And me I'm off the track (or off my rails?) most of the time!
But on a more serious note... what's with our inhalers?? Advair is now unavailable in the US until further notice??? I'm going back to pretending I don't have asthma I think. I know that is childish, but, according to JAMA, there is a school of thought in the Pulmonary Specialty that daily inhalers are actually not needed/effective. This was published last year. Well, I'm off to the aviary now to take care of my 15 rescue parrots. I know, I know, their "powder" contributes to lung problems. I might just love myself to death in the long run because of my birds.
Love to all of my pals...
I don't know if you have resolved this problem but this is exactly the type of problem where you can get help from your State or U.S Senators. They have staffs that will help you get through the red tape to get the medication you need especially if you are on Medicare or Medicaid. I use Advair and I am on Medicare.
Good luck with this...
At age 85 I have seen a lot of meds go thru my lips. If you would go to pharmacychecker.com you would see a list of worldwide licensed and registered pharmacies. Type in your drug and check them all out. Many brand names have generic alternatives including Advair, Symbicort and Spiriva. I only order the ones that are cheaper than my copay. Each pharmacy listed has a profile you can check out. It will tell you how they do, including reviews. A valid prescription must be faxed with each order. I always allow 30 days lead time. Shipping is usually 10.00 per complete order.
Have you called GSK Company they will give it to you free if you meet income criteria.
I know that there are companies that work with nebulizers to replace advair. If you have Medicare part B, ask your Dr if they know of a DME in the area that can provide your meds that way. If you have a secondary, they bill that too so you may have no copay.
Well when I ran out, I tried the nebulizer, with Budesonide an Albuterol sulfate. Up to Doc for mg an mcg you need.Anyway it helps pretty well, but I still feel like I'm not breathing well but maybe it's cause I've used Advair for awhile I don't know. I think though it might help you, everybody is different so I would.give it a try
Flovent would be a good substitute
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Check out CanadaDrugs.com to find a generic equivalent for Advair. It's made in England and costs about 60% of Advair. I've been taking Advair 500/50 and the cost for me just jumped from $47 per month to $222 since I'm now in the "donut hole." I've used CanadaDrugs in the past and found them professional and reliable. (I have no connection to them other than being a customer.) The generic they offer is also Fluticasone proprionate and Salmetrol just like Advair.
In Thailand the Seretide inhaler is the same as Advair. I pay about $19 and it contains 60 doses.
- Advair Diskus Information for Consumers
- Advair Diskus Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Advair Diskus (detailed)
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