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  • Generic Name: (beclomethasone dipropionate)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 12/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Qvar is a medicine used to treat asthma.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Qvar works by decreasing inflammation in your lungs.

      This medication is not used for emergency or immediate treatment of symptoms of asthma. Always have a short-acting rescue inhaler (such as albuterol) to treat sudden symptoms.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Qvar has been shown to improve lung function and asthma symptoms (such as wheezing and shortness of breath).

      When: Qvar may start to improve your asthma symptoms within 1 day of starting treatment.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin using Qvar. Your healthcare provider may perform tests to check your lung function and ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: headache, sore throat, upper respiratory infection.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, or low blood pressure.

      Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as rash; itching; or swelling of your face, lips, or tongue.

      Weakened immune system and a higher chance of infections.

      Slowed growth in children.

      Eye problems, including glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) and cataracts.

      Sudden breathing problems right after inhaling your medicine.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Qvar if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not use Qvar to treat sudden, severe symptoms of asthma (such as an asthma attack).

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Qvar. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies; tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs) or any type of infection (including an eye infection); had chickenpox or measles, or have recently been near anyone who has chickenpox or measles; if you are planning to have surgery; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults and children ≥5 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on your previous asthma medicines.

      Your healthcare provider may adjust your or your child's dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

      It is important that you do not stop using this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Qvar exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Use Qvar on a regular basis.

      After each dose, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out.

      Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your inhaler.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not spray Qvar in your eyes.

      Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are using Qvar.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with Qvar at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Qvar during pregnancy are unknown. Qvar can be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Qvar. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Qvar, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature, away from heat or open flame.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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