Primatene Mist May Be Pulled From Market

Primatene Mist May Be Pulled From Market

There are 576 comments on the ABC News story from Jan 24, 2006, titled Primatene Mist May Be Pulled From Market. In it, ABC News reports that:

The FDA mulls whether or not to allow Primatene Mist to stay on the market. By DR.

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rcp

United States

#251 Jul 7, 2009
Marcao wrote:
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You're towing the party line here. You've got no business making decisions for other adults, accreditation as a respiratory therapist or no. I've read your posts. You have no clue. I hate holier than thou people like you.
I DO, DID have TOTAL CONTROL over my asthma when I can self-medicate as needed, without all the rigmarole and expense of doctor visits and perscriptions. The control is, was in my pocket until people like you took it away. Now the control is in the hands of all you "health care specialists" along with plenty of $$$$money for the expensive perscription stuff.
Have the decency to own up: it's all about money--you-all don't give a rat's ass about Asthma sufferers.
First of all before you self medicate with over the counter steroids without a primary healthcare provider, you should do your research. Yes it saves you money now but the long term side effect of steroid use can surprise you. Why do you think steroid use is tapered down as soon as the symptoms subside?! This is not about the healthcare system, you are talking about your health, don't you think your one and only body deserve the best. And yes I am a respiratory therapist. My primary priority are my patients.
Art

San Francisco, CA

#252 Jul 7, 2009
rcp wrote:
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First of all before you self medicate with over the counter steroids without a primary healthcare provider, you should do your research. Yes it saves you money now but the long term side effect of steroid use can surprise you. Why do you think steroid use is tapered down as soon as the symptoms subside?! This is not about the healthcare system, you are talking about your health, don't you think your one and only body deserve the best. And yes I am a respiratory therapist. My primary priority are my patients.
Marcao, RCP or Sue or whatever her name is can't POSSIBLY be a respiratory therapist if she thinks OTC Primatene Mist (CFC epinephrine) is a steroid inhaler. It is not.

Maybe in a hundred years, we might know enough about pulmonary physiology, pharmacology, etc. to understand why some patients do better on CFC epinephrine than on albuterol or any other rescue inhaler, but any physician (or respiratory therapist) who dismisses the comments of large numbers of patients who KNOW that CFC epinephrine provides THEM with the best asthma relief possible for THEIR lungs is just another supremely arrogant fool in a white coat.
LUVLANI

New York, NY

#253 Jul 14, 2009
Hi all, please hear this,
I am 24 yrs old and have had severe athsma all my life. I lived on proventil like an addict and could not leave my house or do any activities without using my inhaler every 2 hours. I was going through proventils every 2 weeks even though I was taking singulair and all the other “maintenance meds”. However one night in a jam with no refills I bought primatine mist knowing it had killed some people due to serious side effects. However once I started taking it, I needed it barely once a day and was able to join a gym, and do the treadmill for 30min no inhaler!! So now here I am taking it for a little over a year going great hardly using at all, until 3 days ago when I started experiencing severe side effects like tachycardia, nervousness and the whole deal. I have since discontinued use and per my md going back to xopanex until my heart rate stabilizes and my symptoms become problematic again. Ultimately what I am saying is, to each his own, but for those asthmatics who use it regularly just be careful and listen to your body for any adverse reactions bc , primatine does work ,..and can kill you,..good luck and breathe
cici

Houston, TX

#254 Aug 8, 2009
I'm so tired of people telling asthmatics what the NORM should be. Rarely use a rescue inhaler to be normal ey... I've had asthma for over 20 years you don't think I know my triggers and what works and what doesn't? The maintenance medicines are upwards of 200$$$$$ a month... forget about that!! What averge joe can afford that.. NONE!!! We, as asthmatics are left to treat our attacks as just that, ATTACKS!!! Because most if not all of us cannot afford to do it any other way.
Tracy B

Portland, OR

#255 Aug 16, 2009
LUVLANI wrote:
Hi all, please hear this,
I am 24 yrs old and have had severe athsma all my life. I lived on proventil like an addict and could not leave my house or do any activities without using my inhaler every 2 hours. I was going through proventils every 2 weeks even though I was taking singulair and all the other “maintenance meds”. However one night in a jam with no refills I bought primatine mist knowing it had killed some people due to serious side effects. However once I started taking it, I needed it barely once a day and was able to join a gym, and do the treadmill for 30min no inhaler!! So now here I am taking it for a little over a year going great hardly using at all, until 3 days ago when I started experiencing severe side effects like tachycardia, nervousness and the whole deal. I have since discontinued use and per my md going back to xopanex until my heart rate stabilizes and my symptoms become problematic again. Ultimately what I am saying is, to each his own, but for those asthmatics who use it regularly just be careful and listen to your body for any adverse reactions bc , primatine does work ,..and can kill you,..good luck and breathe
I wish more would listen to people like you and me. It's been a year since I made my post and have been off Primetine Mist. My asthma has been the best it's ever been and my heart is doing much better! I don't think it's coincidental that my heart problems almost completely go away after stopping the use of P.M.
louise

South Weymouth, MA

#256 Aug 19, 2009
CVS in my town still has it on the shelfs...
Dr Sally

Rohnert Park, CA

#257 Sep 25, 2009
I would like to know if any of the lifelong Primatene users in this group ever experienced these symptoms after using Primatene inhaler:
memory loss
depression
exhaustion, loss of energy
sleep difficulties: excess sleeping, fatigue or insomnia
staring emptily for periods of time
belligerent, stubborn, argumentative,
unreasonable behavior,
slowed thinking
My husband used Primatene regularly for over 30 years. I learned to recognize when he was using Primatene Inhaler too much,
I called him "Primatene Man" and I hated when he came to visit-I was so happy when Primatene was banned because my husband got addicted to it, he did not like giving it up. I have learned over the years to make sure my husband gets regular Chiropractic adjustments on his ribcage when he starts using alot of inhaler. His upper thoracics and ribs get stuck and trigger more attacks. The ribs are supposed to act as a bellows to help inflate the lungs and this system does not operate correctly when there is nerve pressure from ribs and vertebrae out of alignment. He now manages with regular chiropractic and an albuterol rescue inhaler which he uses infrequently. I am wondering if anyone has experienced permanent memory loss from Primatene use long term?
Asthma Girl

Richmond, VA

#258 Oct 28, 2009
Check on prescription drugs (inhalers) you may be prescribed on the Canadian drug websites. I recently found a generic Advair for $34.95 (full Canadian price) as aopposed to $239.00 (full brand name American price). Even with my top-of-the-line insurance coverage, I still get two for one.

Website is www.northwestpharamcy.com . I have done business with them before, they are very knowledgeable and professional, and have excellent patient and customer service. They ship quickly and you can fax your Rx direct to them.

May be worth a try. Good luck.
Primatene

Karachi, Pakistan

#260 Nov 19, 2009
If Primatene is banned you can be sure there will be a rise in asthma related deaths unless there is a over the counter substitute. There are many people that depend on being able to obtain it, especially in an emergency situation where they do not or never had a prescription inhaler.
Primatene is actually very bad for you because it works by stressing your cardiovascular system. The prescription stuff such as albuterol works better and is much healthier for you without any real side effects. However either of these are rescue inhalers, and frequent use of these means you are not properly maintaining the disease. Going through one Primatene inhaler every three months is a lot and really shows yours is out of control.
Asthsma is usually the result of an allergic reaction to allergens in your environment (pollen, dander, dust mites, etc) and needs to be controlled by either moving to an area low in allergens, such as by the beach, where winds come in from the ocean, or with a type of 'antihistamine' medication of which is what Singulair (Montelukast) is for. Singulair not only controls nasal allergies, but stops the lungs from overreacting to the allergens. Rather than treat the symptoms, it is better to prevent the cause. However it is extremely expensive and is to be taken once a day. At ~$5 a pill, it is Merck's single highest revenue generator until U.S. patent expiration in 2012. However you can get the generic version from overseas pharmacies now for about 80 cents.
Hugh, I would highly recommend you talk to your doctor about trying Singulair if you haven't already, and keep Albuterol inhalers around if and when you need it. Also consider an allergy test to find out what you are allergic to. Your quality of life will be substantially improve along with a significant increase in your energy level and stamina. Generic Albuterol inhalers can be purchased at Costco for about $35, and you can get generic one from overseas pharmacies for about $8, with CFC propellants, which actually are supposed to work better than the ones that are using CFC substitutes - HFA, which is all you can get in the U.S now. The generic are made by companies such as Cipla in India where I think there are minimal to nil patent laws with regards to pharmaceuticals. If anyone wants to know a reliable site to get this stuff, let me know and I'll look it up.
http://www.drugwebstore.com/primatene_b290.ht...
Sam

Northbridge, MA

#261 Nov 21, 2009
I have been using Primatene Mist for the past 30 years and at the age of 92, I am still using Primatene Mist and going strong. I have hopes it will remain on the market as it has been promoting my long life.
Dee

Houlton, ME

#262 Nov 26, 2009
Primatene Mist is a lifesaver for many adults with asthma. we must be able to make our own decisions. There are many worse over the counter drugs. As for asthma management there is no managing asthma, attacks can and do come on suddenly. for people who cant afford doctor or emrgency visits this drug is a lifesaver Also some of the newer inhalers Suck!
Fenix Bloodstone

Warren, MI

#263 Dec 3, 2009
The whole thing is about Rx companies and Doctors making money. I have had Asthma for 30+ years, I have taken everything known to man and even some herbal things just to manage my illness. I changed diets, got rid of animals and pets in my home, had machines to make the air clean. Over all the years I took rescue inhalers and management meds, my asthma just got worse. I had illness all of the time, I was in the hospital here and there with other breathing issues. I was not even able to take phys-ed in school, to do so would send me to the ER and needing to be admitted into the hospital. I was not able to even run 20 feet without throwing up a lung. I had one of the worse cases of asthma that the doctors have ever seen. Then the worst thing ever happened to me I turned 18 and had no insurance at all... So I took Primetine Mist because I needed something to make me be able to breath and it worked, and the funny thing is that it worked better than the prescribed medication. As a matter of fact over the years I needed to up my dosage for both the rescue and for the maintenance meds, but after a couple of weeks of getting the prescribed med out of my system my asthma seem to have gotten better. Odd, right? Well after a few years of not really needing my inhaler all that much, and no maintenance medication at all. Which at one point I was up to 4 prescribed rescue inhalers a month, and then the insurance company came down on me for using so much. They said I didn't have my asthma under control and wanted to try other meds, well all they did was make me dependent on them, the more I had the more I needed. So the loss of my insurance was the best thing for me. Then a few years later and only 12 to 15 Primetine Mist bottles later, not the 150+ prescribed bottles, but only 12 to 15 of the Primetine, the worst thing that could ever happen to my asthma happened. I got insurance again, my doctor somehow talked me into taking prescribed medications again, and wouldn't you know it, I was down the same flipping path again. Within a year I was back to the same pattern, and was getting pneumonia 3 to 5 times per year, back in the hospitals and needing machines to help me breath. Sometimes in for oxygen, or breathing treatment. At one point it was so bad that we had to call 911. Because I passed out and fell through a glass coffee table, I was coughing so hard that I blacked out. Somehow I got worse over the years. Then I lost my insurance once again, yeah it sucks not having insurance, but my asthma is back to a point where I can go to the gym and live my life. I guess what I can do if I don't have something that is affordable, I can get life insurance, die and my family can be without a father and maybe my wife can sue the FDA!
Drew

Newport News, VA

#264 Dec 12, 2009
While I agree that Primatene Mist provides instant relief for us asthmatics, it also has very dangerous effects on heart rate. I had a terrifying experience with Primatene Mist last night, my heart rate was VERY high, which led to extreme dizziness, and vomiting. So my opinion is yes it does work and provides instant relief, however the side-effects are too dangerous to continuously use Primatene Mist as rescue inhaler. Asthma is a dangerous condition, and everyone with asthma should use preventative drugs rather than Primatene. Yes advair costs a lot, but to me it is worth its weight in gold, it is much cheaper to pay 50$ a month for advair than paying several hundred dollars a year in unnecessary medical expenses that could have been avoided with the use of a preventative asthma medication.
old wheezer

Canton, MI

#265 Jan 27, 2010
I was born, almost 65 years ago, "hooting like an owl" as reported by the delivery doctor, and spent my childhood years to 12 with frequent runs to the emergency room for treatment with cortisone and adreneline. At home treatment was "Asthmador" whose prime ingredient was cannabis - purchased over the counter at the local drugstore. By 13 I was almost free of asthma, and changed from a stay-at-home kid to an actively engaged athlete.

At 25, in the middle of the winter, I started having breathing problems, and purchased a Primatene inhaler. Through my adult life I've used the inhalers, usually going long past the use-by date. One inhaler, a CVS generic, that I bought about three years ago, did not work very well, often continuing to spray past the "metered dose." Other than a short fit of coughing, I never had any deleterious after effects but bought a Primatene inhaler to replace it.

For the past few years I regularly spend the Thanksgiving to Spring season needing to use my inhaler frequently, almost on a daily basis at least once. Many nights I have to take a shot before getting in bed. I have never had any problems with heart rate, and have been treated for blood pressure in the 130-140 over 80-85 for about 8 years now. Since 1994 I've had a primary physician through my HMO. He always asks about my asthma on my annual physicals and my quarterlyu blood pressure checkups.

I see no problems using Primatene except for the difficulty in finding it when I need a replacement. This past Thanksgiving, while away from home for the annual family get together, I left without my inhaler, but was able to find it at the local WLGREEN'S.
The 8man

Essex, MD

#266 Feb 2, 2010
Clearly Primatene provides the results those of us with this condition require. Are there some health risks? Apparently. But they aren't present in everyone and may appear because of Primatene and one or many other contributing factors.

What is important here is choice. I've made the choice to use this product and I want that choice to continue to be available to me.

Damn any professional to hell who wants to mandate what I do with my life and health! I'll make my own choices. The information they provide is insightful, but that is where their meddling should end.
Steve

United States

#267 Feb 14, 2010
Dr Sally wrote:
I would like to know if any of the lifelong Primatene users in this group ever experienced these symptoms after using Primatene inhaler:
memory loss
depression
exhaustion, loss of energy
sleep difficulties: excess sleeping, fatigue or insomnia
staring emptily for periods of time
belligerent, stubborn, argumentative,
unreasonable behavior,
slowed thinking
My husband used Primatene regularly for over 30 years. I learned to recognize when he was using Primatene Inhaler too much,
I called him "Primatene Man" and I hated when he came to visit-I was so happy when Primatene was banned because my husband got addicted to it, he did not like giving it up. I have learned over the years to make sure my husband gets regular Chiropractic adjustments on his ribcage when he starts using alot of inhaler. His upper thoracics and ribs get stuck and trigger more attacks. The ribs are supposed to act as a bellows to help inflate the lungs and this system does not operate correctly when there is nerve pressure from ribs and vertebrae out of alignment. He now manages with regular chiropractic and an albuterol rescue inhaler which he uses infrequently. I am wondering if anyone has experienced permanent memory loss from Primatene use long term?
To Dr. Sally,
In regards to your question about experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms...speaking for myself, no.
You said your husband had been using Primatene for over 30 years, and then you said "I was so happy when Primatene was banned because my husband got addicted to it".....?????
Exactly, what kind of a doctor are you?
I will trump your ace...I have been using Primatene Mist for forty years now....I repeat, 40 years. I first started using it in 1970 and to this day I still carry it on me. Like the American Express credit card commercial say's, "Don't leave home without it". I never go anywhere with out it.
But to say addicted to it? I live in Michigan, hot humid summer air is more difficult to breathe when difficulty arises. Winter months are easier with cool drier air. I have gone weeks and sometimes months with either no use or very limited use of this product. Did I mention that I have been using Primatene Mist for 40 years now? Exactly where does the addiction part come in? Is this your feeble attempt to scare people away that may have not tried this product?
I realize that one side effect of this product is an elevated heart rate....is that considered a life threatening concern? Is the inability to breathe in life sustaining oxygen considered a life threatening concern as well?
I understand that results and effects will vary due to an individuals health. I have heard that some have died from the use of this product....I am extremely sad for that, but what about the lives that have been saved?
I respect your request to anyone experiencing the symptoms that you mentioned. I am upset about the addiction comment. I will say that I never leave home without it....I will even call it my security blanket. BUT, this is not additive.(sigh) I suppose you will now attack my response with lots of medical jargon explaining that I am not qualified to make such judgements or evaluations. All I can say to that is experience is the best diploma to hang a a wall.
Steve

United States

#268 Feb 14, 2010
Esther Malloy wrote:
HELLO! I am 64 years old AND NEED THIS TO BREATH! I am not in school and am not a child, so if this is all about children and their inconvenience , WHAT ABOUT the ADULTS IN THIS WORLD THAT NEED IT? WE are suppossed to just die? The stupid pills do not help me whatsoever and ALBUTERAL causes me to get bronchitis. This study is a joke! Why on earth do you HAVE to take it off the shelf to conduct a STUDY? I think YOU WANT PEOPLE LIKE ME TO JUST DIE OFF! YOU SUCK AND YOUR STUDY SUCKSSSS!!!
Thank you Esther, I will be 53 years old shortly and was born with chronic asthma...some people just don't understand that we need this product! I have been using P.M. for 40 years now...the thought scares me to death of them pulling it off the shelves.
concerned daughter

Lowell, MA

#269 Mar 29, 2010
i hope peole who are reading this have a simular problem or are willing to help .my mother is addicted to primatine she has threatened family members because they would not go get it for her (myself included).she has been dependent on it for 16 years she is aware of the consequences but dose not care when they take it off the sheves she gose to the hospital for albuteral but as soon as thid killer drug is back on shelvs she buying it and puffing again i have gone to my outher siblings and discussed putting her in rhab but you see my father is an invalid who deoends on her our hands are tied i need youre help please contact the fda to get this killer drug off our shelves for good.
Steve

United States

#270 Mar 29, 2010
I was born with chronic asthma. I have been using Primetene mist since 1969....it is the only thing that has worked for me. Not able to find it in my usual stores has scared me to death. I found it on the internet...I now buy a dozen at a time from a site in Canada.
I will be 53 years old in May...why do they feel the need to take away the only thing that works for us? I would gladly sign a waiver for a breath of air. We are not children anymore, let us decide what is best for us.
I have read many comments here....I don't know any of you, but yet I do. I understand your pain as you do mine...to my brothers & sisters everywhere, God Bless you all!
Dee

Houlton, ME

#271 Mar 31, 2010
Steve i can get them in walmart here. here'something from WebMD stating primatene mist is better then albuterol

For nighttime asthma attacks, lung function and symptoms improved just as fast, improved the same average amount, and the improvement lasted just as long after patients took several puffs of Primatene Mist as when they took several puffs of albuterol on a different night. Unexpectedly, average pulse rates went down after Primatene Mist, but up after albuterol. Blood potassium levels fell lower after albuterol than after Primatene Mist, further evidence that the adrenaline inhalers were safer than the albuterol inhalers

http://blogs.webmd.com/allergies-and-asthma/2...

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