Compare Qvar vs. Alvesco

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Qvar (beclomethasone)

Prescription only

Alvesco (ciclesonide)

Prescription only
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
Helps you breathe easier.

Alvesco (ciclesonide) is a good daily maintenance medication for asthma, but you need to make sure you rinse your mouth after using it.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Is an effective inhaled maintenance medication for moderate to severe asthma.
  • Can be used with a spacer if you have trouble coordinating inhalation.
  • Doesn't require as much lung strength to inhale compared to dry-powder inhalers.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Doesn't cure asthma, only helps you breathe easier and prevents your asthma from worsening.
  • You may not see improvement in symptoms for a week or two after starting Alvesco (ciclesonide).
  • Only brand is available so it may be expensive.
  • Only available for use in people 12 years and older.
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  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
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Reviews
35 reviews so far
34%
saidit'sworth it
29%
saiditworked well
26%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
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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5possible side effects
  • Common cold
    10%
  • Upper airway infection
    7%
  • Headache
    4%
  • Throat pain
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Alvesco (ciclesonide)
  • Weakened immune system
    • Not current with vaccinations
    • Taking other corticosteroids
    • Current infection without treatment
  • Adrenal gland problems
    • Switching from steroid pills to steroid inhalers
    • Long-term use of high doses of steroids
    • Stopping steroids too quickly
  • Poor bone health
    • Family history of osteoporosis
    • Use of anticonvulsants
    • Use of oral corticosteroids
  • Difficulty breathing and wheezing
  • Mood changes
    • History of mood disorders
    • History of personality disorders
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