Compare Accolate vs. Qvar
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Although it's less effective than inhaled steroid medications for controlling asthma, Accolate (zafirlukast) has less side effects.
Prevents breathing problems.
Qvar (Beclomethasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.
3.2/ 5 average rating with 35 reviewsforQvar
- Can easily take as a tablet.
- Relatively well tolerated. Serious side effects are rare.
- Available in affordable generic form.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chronic itching
- Nasal spray
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14possible side effects
- Generalized pain2%
- Abdominal pain2%
- Accidental injury2%
- Muscle pain2%
- Back pain2%
- Elevated liver enzymes2%
2possible side effects
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
- Adrenal suppression (HPA axis suppression)
- Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
- Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
- Increased risk for bacterial and viral infection
- Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
- Long-term treatment
- Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
- Mouth and throat infection
- Not rinsing mouth after use
- Higher dose of Qvar (Beclomethasone)
- Difficulty breathing (bronchospasm)
- Reduced growth rate in children
- Dose of Qvar (Beclomethasone)
- Duration of treatment
- Eye problems
- History of high internal eye pressure
- History of cataracts
- History of glaucoma