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Asthma Inhaler [prescription required?]

Over the weekend and into yesterday I have suffered with Asthma for the first time since I was a child and as a result had no medication available. In the past I used to have a “Ventolin” inhaler which I used to get on prescription form my doctor in the UK.

Does anyone know if I can simply ask for an equivalent in a pharmacy here or would I also need to go to my GP to get a prescription?

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Re: Asthma Inhaler

Ventolin is sold here on prescription. You say your last attack was quite long ago, but I'm not sure if you currently have a prescription from the UK for it. Should you have a prescription from home, I would take that to a pharmacy and try my luck.

If you don't get it, you can still go to a doctor here and get a prescription.
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Re: Asthma Inhaler

Cheers Bartholemew,

I think I will make an appointment with my GP here as I dont have the prescription form the UK.

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Re: Asthma Inhaler

no worries Thirsty. Are there any over-the-counter products against asthma to tide you over until you go see him or her? Must be uncomfortable for you after having such a prolonged spell of it over the weekend...
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Re: Asthma Inhaler

I've used Ventolin all my life but my Swiss GP told me they were rather old fashioned and put me on a mild cortisone (Symbicort). She told me Ventolin was rather an aggressive medication. Of course, it's hard to know there and then if they're being helpful or just promoting their Medical Reps latest 'wheeze'. Bring back the National Health Service, all is forgiven...

However, getting your medication from your Doctor is cheaper than a pharmacy in my experience: after giving you an inhaler at the practice, they arrange to have future prescriptions delivered to your mailbox.
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Re: Asthma Inhaler

Ask for Seratide; it's very good.
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Re: Asthma Inhaler

I got a mild cortisone inhaler over the counter.
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Re: Asthma Inhaler

My doctor told me that Ventolin nowadays is used for Asthma attacks, because of the immediate effect. However the effect is temporally limited.

Because of this, my doctor, too, prescribed Symbicort (which by the way is a combination of an anti-inflammatory agent and a beta-blocker and free of cortisone) and Zyrtec/Cetallerg.

Allergies were also discussed here and here.
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Re: Asthma Inhaler [prescription required?]

i find it really premature to put someone on long-term medication for one asthma attack unless a very thorough exam was done.

I had Asthma in Canada for years and it definitely related to smog and second hand smoke. The long-term drugs always had unwanted side effects with me. I would either need them more when I was exercising, or the steroids would cause me to lose my voice or start coughing uncontrollably.

I had a really bad attack in October after some idiotic kids on an indoor train platform practically hot boxed a large area. I went to the pharmacist in HB and asked for ventolin since I had been wheezing for 15 minutes by then. I used it, it cost me 18chf, but it did the job. I haven't had an attack since. It seems kind of pointless to keep using a drug on a daily basis when attacks happen so rarely. The long-term bronchodilators have also been implicated in a few recent deaths, but I guess nobody knew that in 2009. (straight from the dogmatic site of webMD: http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/as...ronchodilators)

At the bottom of the article:
"Advair, Symbicort, Serevent, and Foradil inhalers include long-acting bronchodilators that are used twice a day. Long-acting bronchodilators may increase the risk of death from asthma when used regularly without an inhaled steroid. For details, see their black-box warning."
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