Inhalers Bad for Ozone, Banned; Plus 4 Other Asthma Solutions

Inhalers that release harmful chlorofluorocarbons into the air are on their way out., reports the NY Daily News. Asthmatics who rely upon epinephrine inhalers will be forced to find a new source of relief by the end of the year when the product is banned for contributing to the depletion of the ozone.

Fortunately, most companies and people with asthma won’t be left in the lurch by this decision. In 2008, the FDA already all but put an end to this type of product to the extent that only one brand of these old-school inhalers still exists in the U.S. at this point.

Unfortunately, however, the brands of inhalers that are currently on the market require a prescription. And while they may be environmentally friendly, they are not as friendly on the wallet, costing about twice as much as the old variety on average.

If you find this news alarming, you may want to try some of these home remedies for curbing asthma attacks that have proven successful for some people with asthma in studies:

1. Take vitamin D. Kids with asthma may breathe a sigh of relief — thanks to vitamin D. New research suggests that children with asthma who have higher vitamin D levels in their blood may be less prone to asthma exacerbation and have fewer asthma related hospitalizations than children with lower levels.

2. Play a wind instrument. suggests that playing the wind instrument the didgeridoo improves respiratory function in asthmatics over time. If your child suffers from asthma, there is a chance that the breath control it takes to play a wind instrument might just improve his symptoms. A similar study presented in the Journal of Asthma that incorporated a control group supports their results. The students that played wind instruments had a significant decrease in asthma symptoms and anxiety compared to the students who played non-wind instruments.

3. Try the Mediterranean diet. Stronger adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern rich in fruits, vegetables and fish was associated with lower prevalence of wheezing in the past 12 months.  The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts and other foods high in healthy, monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E.

4. Eat together as a family. One research study suggests family mealtime helped curb the frequency of asthma attacks.

Obviously you’ll have to see whether these approaches improve your asthma symptoms before giving up your inhaler altogether, but anything that makes you less dependent on expensive inhalers seems worth a shot.

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  • this is all fine and good, but my son and i both have asthma, and inhalers, are potential life savers. We have the new inhalers, but you get about half the yield as you did with the old ones….at 50 bucks out of pocket….each being around 140 dollars before insurance. And actually they are the same size inhalers, supposedly having 200 puffs per cylinder…i have never gotten one of them down to 80puffs and its always an arguement to between the pharmacy and the drug company on whos fault it is so i just give up and buy a new one because you have to have them…good luck to anyone else out there having to use these or who doesnt happen to have insurance, by no means to have the money to be buying them before they are empty but i have to and neither the drug co or pharmacy care to replace the existing medicine still left in the viles that lay and go to waste…burning money basically…thanks

  • This administration seeks to control every aspect of our lives. This is getting ridiculous and this is the administration that wants better health care for people. As as asthmatic, I am totally appalled even though I don’t use the type of inhaler they’re talking about in the article, I feel bad for the people that do, especially if the most effective thing they use for their asthma attacks. This crap about CFCs harming the ozone is a bunch of crap anyways. I could only imagine if this occurred during a Republican administration the liberal media would be up in arms and saying how the Republicans are taking inhalers out of the hands of asthmatics and letting them die. No outrage though because it is happening under the guise of protecting the environment and the Obama administration will do nothing to curb the FDA”s abuse of power. This is a prime example of what happens when government gets too big. Sorry, asthmatics but the FDA is abusing its authority because of some flawed scientific studies and some idiots who are pushing this “global warming” lies, so they will “protect” the environment and let you die of asthma attack because of idiots like Al Gore.

  • @jen102098 I feel for you Jen, these “evil” inhalers saved my life several times about 10 years ago. This is a great example of the mindset of people of Al Gore and President Obama’s ilk, who claim to be helping, but are actually hindering. Obamacare has made healthcare expensive for everyone and we paid for it. Sorry to bring politics into this issue, but it ties into the inhaler ban.

  • this stinks for all people who suffer from this condition..if our politicians had family members who suffer from asthma this ban wouldnt be happening…and people stop blaming obama..the house and the senate is now controlled by republicans and lots of times obama’s hands are tied..our country would be better without the party for a there any place better for us to live in other than here in the USA

  • Mensch, yeah thanks, asthma sufferers don’t your pity; we need politicians and governmental agencies that don’t micromanage ourselves based on some unfounded scientific notion that man is the root cause of the ozone layer depleting. Has it ever occurred to anyone that this could be occurring naturally and if it didn’t then we would still be in the ice age. I’m not totally blaming Obama since this ridiculous ban was enacted by the FDA an unelectable body and would have occurred regardless of whatever party in the majority, but having a President like Obama and having governmental agencies filled with people of his mindset along with a complicit mass media ensure that intrusive laws like this gain traction and get enacted in the cover of night. The Republicans aren’t much better they want big government too they just don’t want it as big as the Democrats.

    So you don’t think we should have a two party system? Are you crazy? Who knows what oppression and tyranny would occur without any protest whatsoever. I don’t want a one party government, that’s what happened in the former USSR and it didn’t work. I’m still happy to live in the USA despite it’s flaw, by the way.

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