Compare Cromolyn vs. Qvar

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Intal (Cromolyn)

Prescription or OTC

Qvar (Beclomethasone)

Prescription only
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.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 35 reviewsforQvar
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Price
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Reviews
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35 reviews so far
34%
saidit'sworth it
29%
saiditworked well
26%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Intal (Cromolyn) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
2possible side effects
  • Dysmenorrhea
    3%
  • Coughing
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
No information currently available
  • Adrenal suppression (HPA axis suppression)
    • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
    • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Increased risk for bacterial and viral infection
    • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
    • Long-term treatment
    • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Higher dose of Qvar (Beclomethasone)
  • Difficulty breathing (bronchospasm)
  • Reduced growth rate in children
    • Dose of Qvar (Beclomethasone)
    • Duration of treatment
  • Eye problems
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
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