Compare Atrovent vs. Qvar

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Atrovent (ipratropium)

Prescription only

Qvar (beclomethasone)

Prescription only
Controls COPD.

First choice inhaler for controlling mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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
  • The nebulizer is available in generic.
  • Available in combination with albuterol in case Atrovent (ipratropium) by itself is not enough to control your symptoms.
  • 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
  • Effects don't last long so it needs to be used multiple times a day.
  • Doesn't work fast enough to be used as a rescue inhaler for COPD attacks.
  • The inhaler is only available in brand name.
  • 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
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Inhaler
Price
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Reviews
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35 reviews so far
34%
saidit'sworth it
29%
saiditworked well
26%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Bronchitis
    10%
  • COPD attack
    8%
  • Shortness of breath
    8%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Influenza like symptoms
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    4%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Urinary tract infection
    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
  • Not a rescue inhaler
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • COPD attack
  • Urination problems
    • Benign prostate hyperplasia
    • Urinary neck obstruction
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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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