Compare Qvar vs. Singulair

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

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Qvar (beclomethasone)

Prescription only

Singulair (montelukast)

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
Makes it easier to breathe.

Singulair (montelukast) has fewer side effects but doesn't work as well as some inhaled medications for asthma and allergies.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 557 reviewsforSingulair
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.
  • Although not a first-line treatment, Singulair (montelukast) can effectively help children and adults with their asthma and allergies.
  • You only need to take it once a day.
  • Available as chewable tablets or granules that you can mix with food.
  • Singulair (montelukast) has fewer side effects than inhaled medications.
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.
  • Even as a generic, Singulair (montelukast) is still expensive.
  • May not be a good choice if you have a history of mental conditions.
  • Singulair (montelukast) can't be used as a rescue inhaler if you get an asthma attack.
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Used for
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Granule
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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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557 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
47%
saiditworked well
14%
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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13possible side effects
  • Headache
    18%
  • Flu
    4%
  • Stomach pain
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Lack of energy
    2%
  • Fever
    2%
  • Upset stomach
    2%
  • Dental pain
    2%
  • Stomach infection
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Stuffy nose
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
  • Abnormal liver function tests
    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 attacks
    • Exercise-induced asthma
    • Other environmental triggers
  • Aggression and agitation
  • Blood disorder
    • Recent treatment with corticosteroid medicine
    • Lowering dose of corticosteroid medicine
  • Phenylketonuria
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
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