Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Switch To New Asthma Inhalers Now - To Get Used To Them

Current ("old") inhalers use chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants. Because CFCs damage the ozone layer, the FDA will prohit the sale of CFC inhalers after December 31st, 2008. The "new" inhalers use a new ozone-friendly propellant, hydrofluoroalkanes (HFAs). These new inhalers feel and taste different from the old inhalers. If you haven't made the switch yet, you might want to start making the switch now, so that you can get used to the change. Here are some of the things you'll notice . . .

  1. The HFA spray is 'softer' and still delivers the medicine to where it needs to go
  2. The drug particles in HFA sprays are smaller and have a better chance of getting into tight airways
The source article from the Boston Globe:
"Do the new asthma inhalers work as well as the old ones?"

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