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If you are looking for a generic inhaler because your brand name inhaler is too expensive, there are several ways you may be able to get a cheaper prescription. Ask your doctor if they have any samples or manufacturers' coupon that can bring you co-pay down. You can also call your insurance company and ask for the prices of other rescue inhalers or control medications. If your insurance has a medication they prefer you use, ask your doctor if your prescription can be changed to the lower-priced drug. You can also look at the website of the pharmaceutical company that makes the inhaler and see if they offer a savings plan or discounts to those who cannot afford the prescription or do not have adequate insurance coverage.