Compare Qvar vs. Symbicort

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
Helps with long-term asthma and COPD symptoms.

Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) is a combination of two medicines that works well for people with worsening asthma or COPD.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 394 reviewsforSymbicort
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.
  • Using Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) every day works well to treat asthma and COPD.
  • Combines two medicines in one inhaler.
  • Can be used long-term and causes fewer side effects than other oral treatments that are sometimes used to treat asthma.
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 cause infections in your mouth and throat, so you need to rinse your mouth with water after using it each time.
  • Since both medicines in Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) can cause side effects, you may get headaches and infections while using it.
  • People with COPD need to use the higher dose of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol).
  • This drug can't be used as a rescue inhaler if you get an asthma attack. It can only be used for the daily management of asthma and COPD.
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Dosage forms
  • 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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394 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
40%
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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10possible side effects
  • Headache
    11%
  • Chest or sinus infection
    11%
  • Cold symptoms
    10%
  • Sore throat
    9%
  • Stomach discomfort
    7%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Mouth infection
    3%
  • Flu symptoms
    2%
  • Back pain
    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 and adolescents
    • Age 65 or older
    • Using Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) more often than prescribed
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Mouth and throat infection
  • Worsening of asthma flare-up
  • Weakened immune system
    • Not up-to-date on vaccinations
    • Taking other corticosteroids
    • Current infection that's not being treated
  • Reduced growth rate in children
    • Children
    • High dose of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)
    • Long-term use of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)
  • Heart effects
    • History of heart disease
    • High blood pressure
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