Cautionary advice regarding over-the-counter Primatene Mist

Primatene Mist is coming back. You may soon see this asthma inhaler available over-the- counter (OTC) at your local drugstore. We want to emphasize that asthma is a serious disease that should not be treated by yourself, but managed with your allergist. Every asthma patient should be evaluated before starting any new asthma medication and to ensure that you are on the appropriate medications to control your asthma.

While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Primatene Mist for mild, intermittent asthma, your health care provider needs to determine if your asthma fits that category. Asthma patients should also continue their current treatment plan and be regularly seen by your allergist since asthma severity can change.