Many preppers know about the benefits of Primatene Mist, the only OTC inhaler for asthma (and also useful for COPD and severe allergic reactions). Though doctors rarely recommend this medication due to increased risk of elevated heart or rate or blood pressure (as compared to prescription drugs), it can be life-saving when a person is in respiratory distress.
However, it was withdrawn from the market December 2011, due to concerns about the propellant contributing to global warming (which seems unlikely to me). The withdrawal had nothing to do with the safety of the drug in patients needing it.
Here are my 2 tips for you:
1. A fellow prepper recently told me he had found this medication on the shelves at a popular mega-store. It’s possible you may find leftover stock yet remaining. If you can get it, I would recommend stockpiling this epinephrine inhaler.
2. The manufacturer of Primatene Mist has formulated a petition you may sign in order to help bring back the OTC version. CLICK HERE to check it out. Yours may be the signature that succeeds.