Compare Qnasl vs. Qvar

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Qnasl (beclomethasone)

Prescription only

Qvar (Beclomethasone)

Prescription only
Relieves nasal allergy symptoms.

Qnasl (beclomethasone) is a steroid nasal spray that works best when used regularly for nasal allergy symptoms, but is not available as a generic so it may be expensive.

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
Upsides
  • Qnasl (beclomethasone) treats runny and stuffy nose due to allergies for children ages 4 or older.
  • Since it's used directly where the inflammation is happening, Qnasl (beclomethasone) has fewer side effects than oral steroids and has a lower chance of causing withdrawal symptoms once the medication is stopped.
  • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy unlike anti-allergy pills.
  • Has a built-in counter to help keep track of remaining doses.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Need to use daily instead of on an as needed basis for full effects.
  • Only works for nasal symptoms, unlike anti-allergy pills which can help with other allergic symptoms such as watery and itchy eyes.
  • Since Qnasl (beclomethasone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
  • 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
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
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
4possible side effects
  • Headache
    3%
  • Fever
    3%
  • Upper lung infection
    3%
  • Common cold
    2%
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2possible side effects
  • Dysmenorrhea
    3%
  • Coughing
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Thrush in the nose and throat
    • Long-term use
  • Changes in the nasal septum
    • Long-term use
  • Decreased wound healing
    • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
  • Immune suppression
    • Long-term use
    • Untreated infections
    • Exposure to infectious diseases such as chickenpox and tuberculosis
  • Glaucoma and cataracts
    • Long-term use
    • History of glaucoma or cataracts
  • Adrenal insufficiency
    • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
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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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