Compare Accolate vs. Qvar

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Accolate (zafirlukast)

Prescription only

Qvar (beclomethasone)

Prescription only
Controls asthma.

Although it's less effective than inhaled steroid medications for controlling asthma, Accolate (zafirlukast) has less side effects.

Controls asthma.

Qvar (beclomethasone) is good for controlling and preventing asthma symptoms, but it's not a rescue inhaler and must be taken daily.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 35 reviewsforQvar
Upsides
  • Can easily take as a tablet.
  • Relatively well tolerated. Serious side effects are rare.
  • Available in affordable generic form.
  • Qvar (beclomethasone) is an inhaled corticosteroid, which is the most effective class of medicines to manage asthma when taken daily.
  • Inhaling Qvar (beclomethasone) has fewer side effects than taking a pill by mouth.
  • Safe for use by children 5 years and older.
Downsides
  • Not a first-choice medicine to control asthma.
  • People with liver problems should not take Accolate (zafirlukast).
  • Must take twice a day compared to Singulair which is only once a day.
  • Only for children 5 or older and adults.
  • You have to store Accolate (zafirlukast) in its original bottle.
  • Can take up to 2 weeks for better control of asthma symptoms and up to 3 to 4 weeks for maximum effects.
  • Can cause fungal infections of the mouth and throat, especially if you don't rinse your mouth after use.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Inhaler
Price
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Reviews
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35 reviews so far
34%
saidit'sworth it
29%
saiditworked well
26%
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Side effects
14possible side effects
  • Headache
    13%
  • Infection
    4%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Generalized pain
    2%
  • Weakness
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Accidental injury
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Muscle pain
    2%
  • Fever
    2%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Elevated liver enzymes
    2%
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7possible side effects
  • Infection of airways, nose, and throat
    11%
  • Headache
    8%
  • Sore throat
    5%
  • More asthma symptoms
    4%
  • Runny, stuffy nose
    3%
  • Common cold symptoms
    3%
  • Pain
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Liver damage
    • Liver disease
  • Not for sudden asthma attack
  • Behavior changes
    • Mental health history
  • Low white blood cells
    • Tapering or discontinuing steroids
  • Increased bleeding risk
    • Antiplatelets
    • Anticoagulation
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  • Effects on eyes
    • Long-term use of Qvar (beclomethasone)
    • History of glaucoma
    • History of high eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
  • Sudden-onset breathing problems
  • Weakened immune system
    • Not current with vaccinations
    • Taking other steroid medicines
    • Current infection without treatment
  • Bone loss
    • History of osteoporosis
    • Taking other medicines that cause bone loss
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
  • Adrenal gland problems
    • Switching from steroid pills to steroid inhalers
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
    • Stopping steroid medicines too quickly
  • Slower growth rate in children
    • Children
    • High doses of Qvar (beclomethasone)
    • Long-term use of Qvar (beclomethasone)
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