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  •  That still doesn't help (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    if you are asthmatic and get bronchitis. You wait until it's bad enough that you end up in the ER instead of getting treated before it turns into pneumonia. Because you don't have $200 for a doctor's visit and another $180 for antibiotics. Not to mention the $400 for your maintenance meds. I've only been taking one of my maintenance meds for the past few months, and I'm about to run out of refills on that one. Still can't afford to go see a doctor even to get that refilled and there is no OTC version of prednisone. I'm working on weaning myself off it and hoping for the best.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:58:22 AM PDT

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    •  Wal-Mart has prednisone (0+ / 0-)

      for $4 for a 30-day supply see page 5 (which should be taken as directed by a physician since it can have nasty side effects, especially if stopped suddenly).

      http://i.walmart.com/...

      Prednisone is not OTC for good reason.

      Find a Community Health Center:
      http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/...

      Family Health and Dental Center of Columbia County
        (~ 2.07 miles away)

      171 Nw Albritton Ln, LAKE CITY, FL 32055-4451
      Phone number  386-758-5552

      Others would be quite a long drive away.

      You might be getting bronchitis because you are on immune system blocking drugs like prednisone.

      •  Yep, but I'm on three pills a day (0+ / 0-)

        so it costs more. And I can't get to walmart, but it's still $11 at CVS, it was $12 at walmart when we lived closer. The community health center is too far away for me to walk to, and the only transportation there is, is if you are on medicaid so I don't qualify for it, I've checked.

        And no, I get bronchitis because I have COPD. The prednisone actually makes it less likely because my bronchi don't get inflamed as quickly.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 02:45:04 PM PDT

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    •  Bronchial thermoplasty (0+ / 0-)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      The link is for information only.

      Arizona?

      Why do the two major cities in Arizona seem to be the worst places for asthmatics? The answer is, they aren't. I imagine that it might be a question of cause vs. result. In other words, are people who live in Arizona more prone to get asthma, or are people with asthma more prone to come to Arizona?

      In the days of smaller populations and cleaner air, people relocated to the Arizona desert in order to mitigate asthma symptoms.

      A possible reason for this ranking is historical in nature. Arizona's territorial government had a goal to make Arizona a health destination. Asthma treatment centers and attractive facilities sprung up, and asthmatics moved to the Arizona desert for relief. The fact that it was warm, dry and sunny made it that much more attractive. Asthmatics married, families expanded and a concentration of people with asthma in major Arizona cities grew.

      So, although this study may be of interest to some, it doesn't mean that those cities high on the list are the worst places for asthmatics. It just means that there are many of them there.

      http://phoenix.about.com/...
      •  my siddle dister lived in Yuma AZ for several year (1+ / 0-)
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        FloridaSNMOM

        her theory was that East Coast asthmatics came for the sunny-dry, got much better, and then decided to make AZ look more like "home" -- by planting grass lawns and pollinating Eastern trees, and viola! all those Eastern allergies suddenly popped up out of nowhere (duh!)

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 02:37:31 PM PDT

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