Compare Qvar vs. Pulmicort

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Qvar (Beclomethasone)

Prescription only

Pulmicort (Budesonide)

Prescription only
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
Treats asthma.

Pulmicort (Budesonide) works well for long-term asthma control, but isn't a rescue inhaler (so it won't stop a sudden asthma attack).

  • 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.
  • In clinical studies, inhaled Pulmicort (Budesonide) has been shown to increase FEV1 (the amount of air a person can forcibly blow out in 1 second) in people who have asthma.
  • Can be used with quick-acting asthma inhalers that'll open up your airways quickly in case of an attack.
  • The Pulmicort (Budesonide) inhaler can be used in people 6 years and older.
  • Inhaled medications like Pulmicort (Budesonide) work faster than pills, since it goes directly into your lungs.
  • Available as a generic inhaler.
  • 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.
  • Usually starts working in 1 to 2 days, but it can take up to 6 weeks before the full effects of Pulmicort (Budesonide) are felt.
  • The medication won’t work if it's not inhaled correctly, so make sure you're using the inhaler properly. A pharmacist can give you some help if you need it.
  • Some people get a stuffy nose, sore throat, or a cough when using Pulmicort (Budesonide).
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Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Coughing
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10possible side effects
  • Respiratory Infection
  • Rhinitis
  • Otitis Media
  • Coughing
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Ear Infection
  • Moniliasis
  • Vomiting
  • Viral Infection
  • Abdominal Pain
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Risks and warnings
  • 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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  • Hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions

    Severe milk allergy

  • Immunosuppresion


    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Switching from oral corticosteroid

    Previously taking oral corticosteroids

  • Decreased bone mineral density

    Prolonged immobilization

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Effect on growth


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