[quote=“Sam19, post:11, topic:47626, full:true”]
@karen57 don’t know what to tell you… I’ve been given many samples of prescription medications by many different doctors, without prescriptions, at many different places and times all over this country. Often times it’s done without even a diagnosis,
For example, “here try this anti anxiety medication, if it helps you feel better I’ll diagnose you with anxiety and write you a prescription”
Other times it can be, oh you have an ear infection and need an antibiotic— here is a free sample to save you a trip to the pharmacy.
Other times, " you have trouble sleeping, here try these samples of lunesta and if they work well for you call me and we can discuss a long term prescription plan" etc.
Doctors hand out samples of prescription medications all the time… I believe the quantity of samples is regulated by the FDA… That’s why sample packs of prescription drugs say right on them “sample, not for resale”. I just read that off a sample levemir flexpen that I have in my fridge… That a doctor gave me without writing a prescription… It’s standard practice… That’s why free samples exist. So that people can try something without incurring costs and headaches to see if it is worth incurring those costs and headaches for them to do it long term…
Obviously there are certain classes of drugs that they wouldn’t be handing out as free samples, powerful narcotics for example…
[/quote]RX med samples being offered without a DX even? Wow!! It is not standard practice, at least not in my neck of the woods. And it’s not exactly ethical even, again imo, and experience. May I ask if you got the spirometry Sam? Looks like you got your Afrezza in March, and now it is 6 months (or more) since you started and according to the drug’s own IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION you will have a breathing test (called spirometry), and then your doctor will also want to test your breathing 6 months after starting Afrezza®, and then each year after that, even if you have no lung symptoms. More frequent testing should be done if you have symptoms such as wheezing or coughing.
Now I know you don’t have coughing, or wheezing and such. I understand the reluctance to testing regarding the cost associated and the hassle and all. The throat irritation is a known side effect, but I would let my own doc know if that were happening to me. Throat is the path the the lung after all