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    Asmanex too expensive - any alternatives?
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    jeanniey posted:
    I've been using the Asmanex Twisthaler for the past few years and it's been working well except for when I'd get a cold or the flu, then it gets bad enough where I would have to use my rescue inhaler also.

    My work has changed my insurance coverage over the past 2 years where I now have to pay for every penny of everything (doctor's visits, medicines, etc.) for the first $3500 before insurance pays for a penny of it. I recently got a new 3-month refill of Asmanex and it's almost $500. That means that just this one medicine alone will cost me over $2000 a year.

    I have an appointment for an annual physical this Thursday so I'd like to ask my doctor for any kind of generic or cheaper asthma drugs to try. I would appreciate hearing what medicines you may be taking that's not so expensive and that might still work. My asthma's mild most of the time except during the cold seasons.

    Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.
     
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    sgbl88 responded:
    I feel your pain. I am going to have to go on private insurance if I can get it.

    Unfortunately there are not many options for cheap generic meds. The laws banning cfc's forced pharms to re-formulate their medications so the all have relatively new patents.

    Some things for you to try.
    1) check online for a coupon from the manufacturer. This will usually save you at least $50 per perscription, but they are usually not good if you buy three months at a time.

    2) check out www.rxassist.com That is a website that will link you to companies and the assistance programs for just about any medication.

    3) A pulmacort neb may work for you. It does come generic. The down side is that you will have to spend 10 minutes or so doing a breathing treatment instead of inhaler, rinse and go.

    Just some thoughts. I hope someone else chimes in with some good ideas.

    Sonya
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