Compare Flovent vs. Qvar

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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.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
68%
of people say Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is worth it
39%
say it works well
9%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Qvar (Beclomethasone)
32%
36% vs. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
29%
10% vs. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
26%
17% vs. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
Side effects
FloventQvar
  • Throat irritation 14%
  • Bronchitis 7%
  • Headache 7%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 5%
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection 4%
  • Viral gastrointestinal infection 4%
  • Muscle injury 4%
  • Nausea and vomiting 4%
  • Fever 3%
  • Viral infection 3%
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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
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
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Available as
FloventQvar
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
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)
  • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
    • Dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • Duration of treatment
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
    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
    • 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
      FloventQvar
      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
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
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      Upsides and benefits
      FloventQvar
      • 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.
      • 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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