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Can you buy a peak flow meter?

(5 Posts)
KatyMac Tue 25-Nov-14 19:31:15

And are they expensive?

Morrigu Tue 25-Nov-14 19:34:48

You can get them for about a tenner off the internet or on prescription if you have asthma or respiratory problems for whatever charge there is for that person.

Kundry Tue 25-Nov-14 19:37:51

If you have asthma your GP will give you one for free.

If you don't have asthma but you do have health anxiety, puffing into a peakflow meter will only make the anxiety worse.

Morrigu Tue 25-Nov-14 19:40:10

Thanks kundry, all our prescriptions are free here in NI so wasnt sure what you got charged in the mainland for that sort of thing.

magso Tue 25-Nov-14 20:53:11

Yes you can buy one (I did as I needed a spare after I left mine behind on holiday). I imagine you may need proof you need one - I bought it from the pharmacy that dispenses all my puffers so they knew me. Usually if you need one the GP or asthma nurse or respiratory clinic will give you a prescription for one. The asthma clinic prescribe me a new one most years, at the usual prescription charge if you don't have a free or prepayment prescription card.

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