Compare Flovent vs. Qvar

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

Flovent Diskus
(fluticasone)

Qvar
(beclomethasone)

Prevents breathing problems. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.Prevents breathing problems. Qvar (Beclomethasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.
Reviews & ratings
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4.9Flovent
Reviews for Flovent
68%
of people (All ages) say Flovent is worth it
39%
say it works well
8%
say it's a big hassle
483 reviews
Have you used Flovent Diskus (fluticasone)?
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Reviews for Qvar
34%
+34% better vs. Flovent
29%
+10% better vs. Flovent
26%
+18% better vs. Flovent
Have you used Qvar (beclomethasone)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
FloventQvar
  • Upper respiratory tract infection 4%
  • Throat irritation 5%
  • Headache 5%
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection 3%
  • Nausea and vomiting 4%
  • Fever 3%
  • Upper respiratory inflammation 2%
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort and pain 1%
  • Rhinitis 2%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 2%
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  • Headache 6%
  • Pharyngitis 2%
  • Oral symptoms inhalation route 1%
  • Sinusitis 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Pain 2%
  • Dysphonia 2%
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How it works
FloventQvar
Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.Qvar (Beclomethasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.
Type of medication
FloventQvar
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
FloventQvar
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Used for
FloventQvar
Risk factors for serious side effects
FloventQvar
  • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Severe milk protein allergy
  • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
  • Long-term treatment with Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
Detailed Flovent Diskus (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
Detailed Qvar (beclomethasone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

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
FloventQvar
  • Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) 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 Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone).
  • 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).
Weight
FloventQvar
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
Upsides and benefits
FloventQvar
  • 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.
  • Available as both an inhaler and Diskus device.
  • 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
FloventQvar
  • You have to use Fluticasone 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.
  • 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
FloventQvar
  • Use it every day to control your asthma symptoms.
  • Can take 2 weeks or more to feel full effects.
  • Pump the inhaler 4 times before your first dose, or if it's been more than 7 days since your last dose.
  • Wait at least 1 minute between doses.
  • Rinse your out mouth with water after each use.
  • Hold your breath for 10 seconds after using Advair Diskus.
  • Don't breathe out into the inhaler mouthpiece.
  • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
  • Diskus contains lactose, so don't use it if you're allergic to milk protein.
  • 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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