Compare Flonase vs. Qvar

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

Flonase (Fluticasone)

Prescription or OTC

Qvar (Beclomethasone)

Prescription only
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.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 890 reviewsforFlonase
Prevents breathing problems.

Qvar (Beclomethasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.

4.2/ 7 average rating with 35 reviewsforQvar
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
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Reviews
890 
72%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
7%
think this treatment is a hassle

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35 
34%
think this treatment is worth it
29%
think this treatment works well
26%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Flonase (Fluticasone) 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 warnings
  • Adrenal suppression

    Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Decrease in growth in children and teenagers

    Long-term use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Adrenal suppression

    Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Thrush in the nose and throat

    Long-term use

  • Reduced immune system

    Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Decreased wound healing

    Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses

  • Changes in the nasal septum

    Long-term use

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  • Adrenal suppression (HPA axis suppression)

    Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk for bacterial and viral infection

    Bacterial or viral infection not being treated

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Mouth and throat infection

    Not rinsing mouth after use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Reduced growth rate in children

    Dose of Qvar (Beclomethasone)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Eye problems

    History of high internal eye pressure

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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