Compare Flonase vs. Qvar

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Flonase
(Fluticasone)

Qvar
(Beclomethasone)

Relieves allergy symptoms. Flonase (Fluticasone) is a good first-choice medicine for treating a runny or stuffy nose caused by allergies, and it's cheaper than some alternatives.Prevents breathing problems. Qvar (Beclomethasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.
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Reviews & ratings
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5.048808172531214Flonase
Reviews for Flonase (Fluticasone)
72%
of people say Flonase (Fluticasone) is worth it
43%
say it works well
7%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Qvar (Beclomethasone)
32%
40% vs. Flonase (Fluticasone)
29%
14% vs. Flonase (Fluticasone)
26%
19% vs. Flonase (Fluticasone)
Side effects
FlonaseQvar
  • Asthma symptoms 4%
  • Nausea/vomiting 3%
  • Nosebleed 2%
  • Headache 1%
  • Cough 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
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  • Sore throat 23%
  • Headache 16%
  • Back pain 3%
  • Speech disorder 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 1%
  • Oral symptoms inhalation route 1%
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How it works
FlonaseQvar
Flonase (Fluticasone) is a nasal steroid. It works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and inflammation caused by allergies.Qvar (Beclomethasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.
Type of medication
FlonaseQvar
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription or OTC
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Available as
FlonaseQvar
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
FlonaseQvar
Risk factors for serious side effects
FlonaseQvar
  • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
  • Using other inhaled steroids with Flonase (Fluticasone)
    • Long-term use
    • Taking more than recommended dose
    • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
    • Using other inhaled steroids with Flonase (Fluticasone)
    • Long-term use
    • Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)
    • Exposure to tuberculosis
    • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
    • Long-term use
    Detailed Flonase (Fluticasone) risks & warnings »
    • 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 category
      FlonaseQvar
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
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      Sleep
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      Weight
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      Upsides and benefits
      FlonaseQvar
      • First-choice medication for treating runny and stuffy noses caused by allergies. It works by reducing inflammation in the nose.
      • Because it's used directly where the inflammation is happening, it has fewer side effects than oral steroids do and has a lower chance of causing withdrawal symptoms once the medication is stopped.
      • Can be used as needed to help control symptoms in people age 13 years or older.
      • Available as a generic medication.
      • 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
      FlonaseQvar
      • Flonase (Fluticasone) doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left (each bottle has 120 sprays).
      • Needs to be primed (pressed/pumped until a fine spray appears) up to six times prior to using it for the first time, or if you haven't used it in 2 weeks.
      • Since the medicine in Flonase (Fluticasone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
      • 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
      FlonaseQvar
      • It can take several days for Flonase (Fluticasone) to start working fully.
      • Don't take more of it than was prescribed for you.
      • Blow your nose before using Flonase (Fluticasone).
      • Can cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside the nose and throat.
      • Can also cause a headache, sore throat, or nosebleeds.
      • 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.
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