How QVAR® Controls Asthma Symptoms
The importance of treating inflammation
What is inflammation? A rash is an example of inflammation on your skin. If you have asthma, you have inflammation in the large and small airways of your lungs. This inflammation is chronic, meaning it’s always there—even when you don’t have asthma symptoms.1 When left untreated, airway inflammation can cause asthma symptoms like coughing and wheezing,1 and may also cause serious damage to the lungs.2,3 By treating inflamed airways, you can reduce your risk of having asthma symptoms.4
QVAR® is an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) that can treat chronic inflammation caused by asthma.4 After you inhale QVAR®, it goes to your airways and reduces the inflammation in your lungs. QVAR® has been shown to improve lung function and asthma control, and to reduce asthma symptoms.4
(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.
- 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.
- 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:S72-S77.
- Martin RJ. Therapeutic significance of distal airway inflammation in asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunology. 2002; 109(2):S447-S460.
- QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Prescribing Information. Teva Respiratory, LLC; 2012.
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