Controlling Your Asthma Symptoms
When your asthma is well controlled, you'll have fewer asthma attacks and your symptoms may be less severe.1 If your symptoms wake you up at night, this can be a sign of poorly controlled asthma. Achieving better control may reduce these awakenings. Finally, good asthma control means you have less risk of an emergency department visit caused by your asthma.1
Inhaled corticosteroids: A first-line control treatment for mild to moderate persistent asthma
The key to controlling asthma is treating and controlling inflammation of the airways in your lungs. Even when people with asthma don't have symptoms, their airways may still be inflamed. Fortunately, there are long-term control medications that can treat this inflammation and help control your asthma.1
QVAR® is a long-term controller medication for asthma that contains beclomethasone dipropionate, a medicine known as an inhaled corticosteroid (or ICS). According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), ICSs are the first choice in asthma control medications for many patients.1 The NHLBI is a government organization that promotes the treatment and prevention of heart, lung, and blood diseases.2
(beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is used in the ongoing treatment of asthma as preventative therapy in patients 5 years of age or older.
is also used for asthma patients who require systemic corticosteroid administration, where adding QVAR®
may reduce or eliminate the need for systemic corticosteroids.
does not replace quick-relief inhalers for sudden symptoms.
CAUTION: If you are stopping or switching from an oral corticosteroid to QVAR®, follow your doctor's instructions to avoid health risks. (See WARNINGS, Prescribing Information).
Inhaled corticosteroids may cause a reduction in growth rate, so children taking QVAR®
should have their growth checked regularly. The long-term effect on final adult growth is unknown.
Do not stop taking QVAR®
abruptly without talking to your doctor.
In clinical studies, common side effects included headache and sore throat. These are not all of the possible side effects of QVAR®
. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch
, or call 1-800-FDA-1088