Compare Qvar vs. Breo Ellipta

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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
Provides long-term control of symptoms related to asthma or COPD.

DRUG NAME combines two effective medicines for treatment of asthma or COPD into one easy to use daily inhaler, but doesn't work fast enough to relieve sudden breathing problems.

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.
  • Provides long-term control of symptoms unlike rescue inhalers.
  • Some may find this type of dry powder inhaler easier to use than a metered dose inhaler.
  • Combines two effective medications into one easy to use daily inhaler.
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.
  • Breo Ellipta (fluticasone / vilanterol) contains an ingredient, which may cause yeast to grow in your mouth and throat.
  • Not appropriate for those allergic to milk since it contains milk protein.
  • Other types of combination inhaler for COPD may work better to reduce the frequency of COPD attacks.
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Used for
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
Price
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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
  • Nose and throat inflammation
    10%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Yeast infection in the mouth and throat (thrush)
    2%
  • Mouth and throat pain
    2%
  • Hoarse voice
    2%
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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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  • Asthma-related death
    • Children age 18 years or younger
  • Sudden breathing problems or worsening signs of COPD
  • Yeast infection of the mouth and throat
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Breo Ellipta (fluticasone / vilanterol)
  • Heart effects
    • Preexisting heart conditions
    • Arrhythmia
    • High blood pressure
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Milk protein allergy
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