RESOURCES FOR TREATING ASTHMA

Asthma Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Long-term management of asthma requires a stepwise approach to pharmacotherapy with regular monitoring and follow-up.1 In cases of persistent asthma, daily long-term control medications are needed in order to achieve and maintain control. The most effective asthma control medications are those that treat the underlying inflammation associated with asthma,1 such as QVAR®. Chronic inflammation, if left untreated, can cause remodeling of the small airways of the lungs.2,3

To help you provide your patients with the best asthma care possible, we have put together the following resources:

Indication

QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is indicated in the maintenance treatment of asthma as prophylactic therapy in patients 5 years of age or older. QVAR® is also indicated for asthma patients who require systemic corticosteroid administration, where adding QVAR® may reduce or eliminate the need for systemic corticosteroids.

Important Safety Information

  • QVAR® is not a bronchodilator and is not indicated for relief of acute bronchospasm.
CAUTION: Adrenal insufficiency may occur when transferring patients from systemic steroids (see WARNINGS, Prescribing Information).
  • A reduction in growth velocity in growing children and teenagers may occur as a result of inadequate control of chronic diseases such as asthma or from use of corticosteroids for treatment

  • Common side effects associated with the use of QVAR® and placebo in clinical trials include, but are not limited to, headache (12% and 9% respectively) and pharyngitis (8% and 4% respectively).

Please See Full Prescribing Information

References

  1. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm. Accessed April 20, 2010.
  2. Martin RJ. Therapeutic significance of distal airway inflammation in asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunology. 2002; 109(2):S447-S460.
  3. Hyde DM, Hamid Q, Irvin CG. Anatomy, pathology, and physiology of the tracheobronchial tree: emphasis on the distal airways. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2009;124(6 Suppl):S72-77.
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