Compare Qvar vs. Pulmicort Flexhaler

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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
Controls asthma.

Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide) is good for controlling and preventing asthma symptoms, but it's not a rescue inhaler and must be taken daily.

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.
  • Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide) is an inhaled corticosteroid, which is the most effective class of medicines to manage asthma when taken daily. People can notice an improvement in asthma control within 24 hours of starting treatment.
  • Taking Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide) into the lungs has fewer side effects than taking a pill by mouth.
  • Safe for use by children 6 years and older.
  • Doesn't need to be primed again after the first prime, even if you haven't used it for a long time.
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.
  • Can take 1 to 2 weeks or more for full benefit on asthma symptoms.
  • 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
  • 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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7possible side effects
  • Common cold symptoms
    9%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Runny, stuffy nose
    2%
  • Viral infection of airways, nose, and throat
    2%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Viral stomach flu
    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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  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Milk protein allergy
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide)
  • Weakened immune system
    • Not current with vaccinations
    • Taking other steroid medicines
    • Current infection without treatment
  • Adrenal gland problems
    • Switching from steroid pills to steroid inhalers
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
    • Stopping steroid medicines too quickly
  • Bone loss
    • History of osteoporosis
    • Taking other medicines that cause bone loss
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
  • Slower growth rate in children
    • Children
    • High doses of Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide)
    • Long-term use of Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide)
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