Compare Qvar vs. Singulair

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

Qvar (Beclomethasone)

Prescription only

Singulair (Montelukast)

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
Prevents breathing problems.

Singulair (Montelukast) has fewer side effects but doesn't work as well as steroid inhalers for asthma. It also helps with allergies.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 557 reviewsforSingulair
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Prevents symptoms and improves lung function in children and adults with chronic asthma.
  • A single 10 mg dose improves exercise-induced asthma symptoms for up to 24 hours.
  • Fewer side effects compared to other asthma treatments.
  • Also relieves nasal allergy symptoms.
  • Effective pill alternative to corticosteroid inhalers.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • You have to use Montelukast every day to control your symptoms.
  • Somewhat less effective than corticosteroid inhalers for asthma.
  • There's no generic available, so it can be expensive.
  • Can cause behavior changes, agitation, aggression, and difficulty sleeping for some people.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Granule
Price
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Reviews
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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557 
66%
think this treatment is worth it
47%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Dysmenorrhea
    3%
  • Coughing
    3%
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10possible side effects
  • Headache
    18%
  • Influenza
    4%
  • Pain, abdominal
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Asthenia/fatigue
    2%
  • Fever
    2%
  • Dyspepsia
    2%
  • Pain, dental
    2%
  • Gastroenteritis, infectious
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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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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  • Sudden onset of asthma

    Exercise-induced asthma

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Blood disorder (eosinophilia)

    Recent treatment with corticosteroid medication

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Brain damage from too much phenylalanine

    History of phenylketonuria (PKU)

  • Liver damage

    History of liver disease including hepatitis

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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