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.

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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nasal spray
  • 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
4possible side effects
  • Headache
    3%
  • Fever
    3%
  • Upper lung infection
    3%
  • Common cold
    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
  • 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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  • 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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