Qvar

(beclomethasone)

3.2/ 5 average rating with 35 reviewsforQvar
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Controls asthma.

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Our bottom line

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

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  • Price before coupon
    $254.85
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    $198.93
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Quick facts about Qvar
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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.
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People’s experience with Qvar

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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.
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How it works

Qvar (beclomethasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.

Quick facts about Qvar
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
People’s experience with Qvar

35reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Qvar (beclomethasone) for Asthma

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarse throat
  • Common cold symptoms
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Side effect rates for Qvar (beclomethasone)

From 624 clinical trials of Qvar when taken for asthma (320 mcg daily dose)
  • Infection of airways, nose, and throat
    11%11%
    11%11%
  • Headache
    8%8%
    9%9%
  • Sore throat
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • More asthma symptoms
    4%4%
    18%18%
  • Runny, stuffy nose
    3%3%
    9%9%
  • Common cold symptoms
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Pain
    2%2%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Qvar.

Qvar (beclomethasone)
Placebo

People taking Qvar felt side effect more

People taking Qvar felt side effect less

No difference

Risks and Warnings for Qvar (beclomethasone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Long-term use of Qvar (beclomethasone)
    • History of glaucoma
    • History of high eye pressure
    • History of cataracts

    Using Qvar (beclomethasone) for a long time can raise eye pressure, worsen glaucoma, and cause cataracts (cloudy lenses in the eyes). Talk to your doctor right away if you experience blurry vision, eye discomfort, or other changes in your vision after using Qvar (beclomethasone). Do not let the medicine enter your eyes.

Common concerns from people taking Qvar (beclomethasone)

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Pain
  • Not worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Qvaron 8/22/2017Horrible, Horrible, Horrible! Caused asthma exacerbation, tooth, joint and muscle pain. Had to stop taking it after a few days, couldn't take it. Still suffering from the side effects.
    35
    Woman
    Less than a week
    Asthma
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Qvaron 6/20/2015Sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headaches and worsened breathing.
    60
    Woman
    A couple weeks
    COPD