Compare Pulmicort vs. Qvar

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Pulmicort (Budesonide)

Prescription only

Qvar (Beclomethasone)

Prescription only
Treats asthma.

Pulmicort (Budesonide) works well for long-term asthma control, but isn't a rescue inhaler (so it won't stop a sudden asthma attack).

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
  • In clinical studies, inhaled Pulmicort (Budesonide) has been shown to increase FEV1 (the amount of air a person can forcibly blow out in 1 second) in people who have asthma.
  • Can be used with quick-acting asthma inhalers that'll open up your airways quickly in case of an attack.
  • The Pulmicort (Budesonide) inhaler can be used in people 6 years and older.
  • Inhaled medications like Pulmicort (Budesonide) work faster than pills, since it goes directly into your lungs.
  • Available as a generic inhaler.
  • 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.
  • Usually starts working in 1 to 2 days, but it can take up to 6 weeks before the full effects of Pulmicort (Budesonide) are felt.
  • The medication won’t work if it's not inhaled correctly, so make sure you're using the inhaler properly. A pharmacist can give you some help if you need it.
  • Some people get a stuffy nose, sore throat, or a cough when using Pulmicort (Budesonide).
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
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Side effects
14possible side effects
  • Respiratory Infection
  • Rhinitis
  • Otitis Media
  • Coughing
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Ear Infection
  • Moniliasis
  • Vomiting
  • Viral Infection
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Epistaxis
  • Diarrhea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Rash
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2possible side effects
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Coughing
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Risks and risk factors
  • Mouth infections
  • Acute asthma
  • Hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions
    • Severe milk allergy
  • Immunosuppresion
    • Tuberculosis
    • Untreated systemic, viral, fungal, or bacterial infection
  • Switching from oral corticosteroid
    • Previously taking oral corticosteroids
  • Decreased bone mineral density
    • Prolonged immobilization
    • Family history of osteoporosis
    • Post menopausal
    • Tobacco user
    • Advance age
    • Poor nutrition
  • Effect on growth
    • Children
  • Eye problems
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  • 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
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