I am getting over a chest infection, and was prescribed an inhaler. Reading through all the information I found that the inhaler has lactose it it, and that it may contain milk protein.
A few years ago my allergic child was prescribed an inhaler for the first and only time. I asked the doctor if it was milk free, he said yes. I also asked the doctor to write "or dairy free equivalent" on the script but he refused.
I asked the pharmacist he looked it up in his active and inactive ingredients In the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), In the states its called Physician's Desk Reference, it also said the drug was milk free.
I insisted he also call the company because I read things on line about some inhalers having milk in them, good thing I did, because they said the inhaler had milk in it. I went through the channels and got another inhaler that was milk free. Due to my doctor not writing "or dairy free equivalent", I had to wait for the pharmacist to call the doctor and get permission to get a another drug for my child
Update:The PDR and CPS now BOTH list lactose being in some inhalers.
I read from the Allergy Asthma Information web site this article Milk Proteins and Allergy Medications. It is well worth a read, and doing our own research as well.
Inhalers With milk in Them
Caution: CVS Pharmacy Providing Incorrect Medication Ingredients
Drugs Containing Allergens Compairing Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS) Physician's Desk Reference (PDR
Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Egg
Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Nuts
Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Coconut
Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Sesame
All too many drugs contain milk/dairy/lactose and corn in some form is in almost every medication.