Compare Xopenex vs. Qvar

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Xopenex (levalbuterol)

Prescription only

Qvar (beclomethasone)

Prescription only
Makes it easier to breathe if you have asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.

Xopenex (levalbuterol) inhaler is very effective at relieving acute asthma attakcs in more moderate to severe airway conditions, but is more expensive.

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
  • Xopenex (levalbuterol) works within minutes to help you breathe easier when you have breathing difficulty or an attack, especially in more severe conditions.
  • The inhaler can be used in children as young as 4 years old while the nebulizer solution can be used in children 6 years and older.
  • Xopenex (levalbuterol) may have less side effects such as rapid heartbeat than albuterol.
  • It is available as a generic.
  • The nebulizer solution is a good option for children and adults who have difficulty using a handheld inhaler.
  • 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.
  • Xopenex (levalbuterol) is only relieves immediate symptoms and doesn't work to prevent future attacks, unlike maintenance medicines.
  • May not be the best option if you have a history of seizures, heart problems, thyroid problems or diabetes.
  • Xopenex (levalbuterol) is similar to albuterol, but it can be more expensive, especially the nebulizer solution.
  • Children might find the inhaler and nebulizer difficult to use. Parents or adults may need to help children use this medicine.
  • Unlike albuterol, Xopenex (levalbuterol) nebulizer solution cannot be mixed with other nebulized medicines.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Inhaler
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Vomiting
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Accidental injury
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Dizziness
  • Bronchitis
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7possible side effects
  • Infection of airways, nose, and throat
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • More asthma symptoms
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Pain
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Risks and risk factors
  • Sudden lung spasms
    • First use of a new vial
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
  • Increased side effects
  • Worsening of asthma
  • Allergic reactions
  • Low potassium levels
    • Medicines that lower potassium levels
    • Taking certain diuretics
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  • 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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