What is Qvar Aerosol?
Qvar Aerosol 100 beclomethasone is used to relieve symptoms of mild, moderate and severe asthma. Qvar Aerosol is used every day to help prevent asthma attacks and difficulty breathing.
The Qvar Aerosol is a brand name equivalent to beclomethasone inhalers and can be used daily for patients who require regular treatment. It is important to control asthma symptoms as soon as possible.
For further information on Qvar Aerosol, please see the patient information leaflet.
How It Works
This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. Once inhaled, it works deep within the lungs to reduce swelling, irritation of the airways and inflammation in the lungs to make breathing easier.
Qvar Aerosol is used for asthma control and is known as a ‘preventer’. It is strictly used to prevent asthma attacks only.
Before you take it
Most healthy adults and children are safe using Qvar. It is not recommended for use by children under 12 years of age without direct medical advice or supervision from a healthcare professional. We do not prescribe any medications to people under 18 years old.
It is important for your own health that if you already suffer symptoms of an allergic reaction related to beclometasone dipropionate, previously inhaled corticosteroids or any other ingredient in this drug, do not take this medication without first referring to your doctor or pharmacist.
This inhaler will not give immediate relief to wheezing or breathlessness during a sudden asthma attack that has already started. ‘Reliever’ or ‘rescue’ inhalers are quick-acting and should instead be used to relieve an asthma attack. Carry a ‘reliever’ inhaler with you at all times.
Qvar Aerosol inhaler is unsuitable for some patients. You should contact your doctor or healthcare professional if any of the following apply:
- You are suffering from tuberculosis or have suffered it in the past
- Are allergic to similar inhalers
- Your asthma is appearing to be getting worse
- Your ‘reliever’ inhaler is becoming less effective
- You are taking Disulfiram
- You are taking Metronidazole
Dosage for adults, the elderly, and children over 12 years:
For mild asthma, the Qvar 100 Aerosol is not suitable for the lowest starting dose.
For moderate asthma, the starting dose is one puff twice daily. This may be increased to two puffs twice a day.
For severe asthma, the starting dose is two puffs twice a day. This may be increased up to four puffs twice a day.
The maximum recommended daily dose is 800 micrograms, or, 8 puffs per day taken in divided doses.
Common Side Effects of Qvar Aerosol
It’s possible that Qvar Aerosol can cause side effects. Usually mild to moderate in nature, they should go away on their own as your body becomes used to the medication.
- Hoarseness and throat irritation Difficulty swallowing accompanied by an earache and swollen glands
- Change in taste
- Feeling sick
- A yeast infection in the mouth (This is less likely if you rinse your mouth out with water after using the inhaler)
In case of serious side effects, stop taking treatment and call a doctor for symptoms such as:
- Feeling sick or vomiting
- Blurred vision or other visionary disturbances
In addition, it had been reported for high doses taken over prolonged periods of time, it is possible with this medicine for side effects. There is a risk of side effects such as clouding of the lens of the eye, bone thinning and reduced vision.
It is possible that you are allergic to some of the ingredients in this medication. Please tell your doctor at once if you show signs of an allergic reaction such as:
- Skin rash
- Breathing problems
- Inflammation of the legs, arms, face, lips, throat, or tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Confusion or anxiety
Like other beclomethasone dipropionate treatments, Qvar Aerosol may affect the normal production of corticosteroids in the body. Continue to use the beclomethasone inhaler and see your doctor as soon as possible.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Qvar Aerosol suitable for Children?
Yes. Taking this medication is safe for adults and children over 12 years of age.
Do I need a prescription?
Yes. Corticosteroid inhalers are only available on prescription.
I’m pregnant. Can I use Qvar?
Consult your doctor first before using this medication during pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you suspect you are pregnant.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take your prescribed dose at the right time, take your recommended amount of medicine as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, take treatment when it is time to use your inhaler again and continue with your regular treatment. Never double dose to make up for the missed last dose.
What happens if I take too much?
It is important to never increase or decrease the number of inhalations without consulting your doctor. Always use this medication in accordance with your prescription. If you have accidentally inhaled more puffs than intended or than what is recommended, please call your doctor.