Compare Cromolyn vs. Qvar

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Intal
(Cromolyn)

Qvar
(Beclomethasone)

Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Intal (Cromolyn) is a good option to relieve nasal allergy symptoms when antihistamines aren't working. Good choice for pregnant women.Prevents breathing problems. Qvar (Beclomethasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.
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Have you used Intal (Cromolyn)?
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Reviews for Qvar (Beclomethasone)
34%
+34% better vs. Intal (Cromolyn)
29%
+29% better vs. Intal (Cromolyn)
26%
-26% worse vs. Intal (Cromolyn)
Have you used Qvar (Beclomethasone)?
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Side effects
CromolynQvar

We haven’t found good data for Cromolyn side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Cromolyn »
  • Headache 6%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Oral symptoms inhalation route 1%
  • Sinus inflammation 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Pain 2%
  • Speech disorder 2%
More Qvar side effects »
How it works
CromolynQvar
Intal (Cromolyn) is a mast-cell stabilizer nasal spray that prevents and treats seasonal allergies.Qvar (Beclomethasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.
Type of medication
CromolynQvar
Prescription or OTC
Prescription only
Available as
CromolynQvar
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Used for
CromolynQvar
Risk factors for serious side effects
CromolynQvar
Coming soon.
  • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
  • Long-term treatment
  • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
  • Not rinsing mouth after use
  • Higher dose of Qvar (Beclomethasone)
    • Dose of Qvar (Beclomethasone)
    • Duration of treatment
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
    Detailed Qvar (Beclomethasone) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Kidneys and liver
    CromolynQvar
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Qvar (Beclomethasone) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your medication need to be done slowly and over time. Talk to your doctor before you decrease or stop Qvar (Beclomethasone).
    Sleep
    CromolynQvar
    • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
    No sleep related info.
    Weight
    CromolynQvar
    No weight related info.
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    Upsides and benefits
    CromolynQvar
    • Treats nasal allergy symptoms.
    • Most people don't have many side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
    • It's a good option for pregnant women. Can also be used for kids 2 years and older.
    • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
    • No prescription is needed.
    • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
    • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
    • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
    Downsides and risks
    CromolynQvar
    • Needs to be used regularly for at least a week to see any good effects.
    • Can have an unpleasant smell or taste.
    • Can cause headaches, or burning and stinging in your nose.
    • You have to use Qvar every day to control your symptoms.
    • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
    • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    CromolynQvar
    • Works best when used one week before exposure to allergens. It takes about 1 to 2 weeks until you feel the full effects.
    • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray. Don't use more than recommended.
    • Shake the spray gently and clear your nose before each use.
    • Before using it for the first time, prime the spray pump until you see a fine mist.
    • Breathe in slowly as you're spraying. Wait a few minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
    • Use daily to control your asthma symptoms.
    • Starts working the same day, but it can take up 1 to 2 weeks to feel the full effects.
    • Pump the inhaler 2 times before inhaling the first dose, or if it's been more than 10 days since your last dose.
    • Wait one minute between doses.
    • Rinse your mouth out with water after each use.
    • Clean the mouthpiece with dry cloth once a week.
    • Talk to your doctor if asthma symptoms don't get better.
    Learn more
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