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New Spacer?

Hi! I have currently have a small(ish) blue aerospace chamber spacer that I was prescribed when I had my first inhaler in the summer, I know they say to replace every 12 months, however the seal bit where the inhaler goes in has come very loose, and it keeps coming off every time I take my inhaler out, so I don’t think it will last the 12 months... so I’m going to need a new one, and I was curious as to how any of you get them replaced? Do you buy your own from a pharmacy/online (are they even readily available to buy??), or are they always prescribed? If prescribed do you think they would give me another one before it’s due?

Thanks!

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You can buy them over the counter at any pharmacy, alternatively you can ask your GP for a new one to be prescribed. It should be easy to do either way - just explain that yours is breaking if they query you (I’ve never been asked why when I’ve got a repeat!). You can also order them on amazon if needs be (more expensive tho)!

Hope that helps

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Thank you! I will call the drs in the morning and see what they say (I have a pre payment card so wouldn’t cost me any more that way), otherwise I’ll ask at the pharmacy how much they are if they’re available to buy there, thanks!

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Definitely call the GP. Last time I actually bought one it was at prescription cost I think (a few years ago). Thank god for prepaid prescription cards!

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Thank you! I do feel a bit cheeky but it would save me money if they are happy to prescribe me one! Ha oh yes!! I don’t even want to think how much that card saves me, probably a small fortune I think! With asthma, severe hay fever needing expensive antihistamines 3x a day and nasal spray, and I also take hormone replacement therapy which is counted as 2 prescription charges! Plus I’ve had countless ear infections needing antibiotics this year alone, and 3 lots of steroids for my asthma, so that card is single handily stopping me from being bankrupt haha!

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I know what you mean... I think I ‘pay’ mine off witching the first month 😅. Shake me I rattle, but thankfully so does my purse!

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If, for some reason, you can’t get a prescription for one I seem to remember that they cost me less than a tenner each a couple of years ago, more like £8. And I had no difficulty getting my two, bought on separate occasions.

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Currently £12.09 on Amazon

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Ah, I believe Emma said they were more expensive on Amazon. I bought mine a couple of years or so ago, one, I think, in Tesco or Sainsbury pharmacy, one in our local. But things do change!

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I bought one off Amazon just this week and it was just over a tenner with free delivery, it was froma company called pharmica. I bought it as a spare to carry with me rather than taking the one from home with me all the time.

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I didn’t know they needed to be replaced until they gave me a new one in the hospital.

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If this is loose you will not get a proper dose so phone your doctor explain your situation and he should get a prescription to get a new one, Hope you keep well.

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Thank you everyone! Definitely will be asking for a new one from the doctors first, didn’t get chance to call today as worked later than expected and they were closed before I got home, and I started before they opened this morning and didn’t get chance to make a phone call but will be tomorrow! Thank you everyone!

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Eep, mines a few years old now and the squeaky bit is missing 😬 maybe ought to look at replacing it

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Yes, they are readily available at a pharmacy or online. My brother buys them online. He used to buy them on Amazon, then on canadadrugsdirect.com. He says if you want your doc to prescribe you a new inhaler, there is no issue.

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