QVAR®, a Control Inhaler for Asthma
QVAR® can reduce your risk of having asthma symptoms.1 It contains a medicine called an inhaled corticosteroid, or ICS, which works by treating inflammation in your lungs. This inflammation is a key underlying cause of asthma.2
There are specific instructions for cleaning and using the QVAR® inhaler that can help ensure the inhaler works right. Forgetting to take your asthma control medication every day, or stopping when you don't have symptoms, can put you at risk for asthma attacks.2
While QVAR® can prevent asthma symptoms, it should not be used to treat asthma attacks or sudden asthma symptoms.1 That’s why you should always carry a quick-relief inhaler in addition to your controller medication.
(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.
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).
- QVAR® does not replace quick-relief inhalers for sudden symptoms.
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.
- QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Prescribing Information. Teva Respiratory, LLC; 2012.
- 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.
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