Compare Qvar vs. Singulair

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

Qvar
(beclomethasone)

Singulair
(montelukast)

Prevents breathing problems. Qvar (Beclomethasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.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.
Reviews & ratings
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4.23Qvar
Reviews for Qvar
34%
of people (All ages) say Qvar is worth it
29%
say it works well
26%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Singulair
66%
-32% worse vs. Qvar
47%
-18% worse vs. Qvar
14%
-12% worse vs. Qvar
557 reviews
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Side effects
QvarSingulair
  • Headache 6%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Oral symptoms inhalation route 1%
  • Sinus inflammation 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Pain 2%
  • Speech disorder 2%
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  • Sore throat 3%
  • Flu 3%
  • Fever 3%
  • Sinus inflammation 3%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Indigestion 3%
  • Otitis 3%
  • Viral infection 3%
  • Vocal cord inflammation 3%
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How it works
QvarSingulair
Qvar (Beclomethasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.Singulair (Montelukast) is a leukotriene inhibitor. It lowers inflammation in your lungs and nasal passages to prevent asthma and relieve allergies.
Type of medication
QvarSingulair
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
QvarSingulair
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Granule
Used for
QvarSingulair
Risk factors for serious side effects
QvarSingulair
  • 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 »
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Other environmental triggers
  • Recent treatment with corticosteroid medication
  • Lowering dose of corticosteroid medication
  • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
Detailed Singulair (montelukast) 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 haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Food
QvarSingulair
No food related info.
  • Singulair (Montelukast) contains aspartame (phenylalanine). People who have phenylketonuria (PKU) can't break down the amino acid phenylalanine. It builds up and causes serious medical problems. If you have PKU, don't use this product.
Kidneys and liver
QvarSingulair
  • 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).
  • There are reports of liver injury in people taking Singulair (Montelukast) mostly in combination with other factors such as drugs, alcohol, and liver disease. If you have any of these risk factors, your doctor will need to check your liver function periodically.
Weight
QvarSingulair
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
QvarSingulair
  • 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 and risks
QvarSingulair
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
QvarSingulair
  • 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.
  • Take it once a day to control asthma and allergy symptoms.
  • If you're using it for asthma or allergies, take it in the evening.
  • Use it 2 hours before exercising.
  • Granules can be taken by mouth or dissolved in liquid or soft food.
  • Doesn't treat sudden wheezing or asthma attacks once they start. Keep a fast-acting (rescue) inhaler with you.
  • The chewable tablets contain aspartame, so don't use them if you have a sensitivity to phenylalanine or phenylketones.
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