What is Qvar?
Qvar is an inhalation aerosol prescribed to manage the coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath associated with asthma symptoms. It is a corticosteroid medication that works in the lungs to prevent bronchospasms (asthma attack). It does not work quickly enough to treat an asthma attack in progress. It needs to be used properly to help manage symptoms. Carry a fast acting inhaler to treat sudden symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions About Qvar
Qvar works by reducing the swelling and irritation in the airway. This makes breathing easier by increasing the amount of space in the airways.
If you are using the inhaler for the first time, or if it has been 10 days since your last dose, you need to prime the inhaler. Follow the instructions provided with the product to prime it properly. Avoid shaking it and avoid spraying your eyes during regular use or when priming.
The typical dose is 2 inhalations by mouth a day. Your personal dose of Qvar is based on factors such as your condition, age and previous results of treatment. If you need to take 2 inhalations at a time, Wait at least a minute between doses. The same instructions apply if you need to take a different product as well to manage symptoms.
Rinse your mouth with water to remove any residue from the mediation. When left in your mouth it can increase the risk of yeast infection or irritation. Do not swallow the rinse water. Try to take your doses around the same time per day to get a consistent dose.
All orders from Sunshine Pharmacy are delivered in the manufacturer's packaging and include a medicine information sheet. We ask that you carefully read this information sheet and call us if you have any questions or do not understand the document.
Do not stop taking Qvar once you feel better. Your symptoms can return or even grow worse without treatment. If you find that your symptoms are not improving, or appear to grow worse, do not take extra doses. Taking extra medicine will not improve your condition or may even make it worse.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects if you find them unmanageable or if you have worsening asthma. Seek emergency medical treatment if you experience a severe reaction.
There are potential known drug interactions associated with Qvar. You should disclose all of your current vitamins, supplements, OTC drugs, herbal products and all current prescription medicines. Our pharmacists will provide therapeutic screening for all orders against this supplied list.
Call your doctor or seek immediate medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction or drug interaction.
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We do not list all possible known side effects.You may experience a side effect that is not provided here. If you find that you are noticing severe side effects call your doctor or one of our pharmacists for counseling and medical advice.
Your doctor will normally balance the benefits of treatment versus any possible adverse reactions. Please call us and speak to the pharmacist if you have concerns about buying Qvar online.
- runny nose
- Attack, assault, or force
- difficulty with breathing
- sore mouth or tongue
- heavy bleeding
- tightness of the chest
- voice changes
- dryness or soreness of the throat
- lower back or side pain
- blurred vision
- changes in behavior
- trouble swallowing
- Body aches or pain
- painful or difficult urination
- decreased vision
- skin rash
- stuffy or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- tender, swollen glands in the neck
- darkening of the skin
- eye pain
- fever or chills
There is no generic equivalent available in Canada
While both products use a corticosteroid they have different formulations. Flovent is also available as an inhalation powder. They treat breathing problems differently and are not interchangeable.
Qvar is made by Valeant in Canada.
Stopping Qvar suddenly can make your condition worse. Your healthcare professional will provide medical advice on how to gradually stop taking the product.
It is stored at room temperature away from heat and open flame. Exposure to high temperatures can cause the inhaler to burst.
The active ingredient of Qvar, beclomethasone, is an inhaled corticosteroid.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended as supplementary information to that provided by your doctor. The guidance provided by your doctor supersedes any information provided on the website. Do not avoid or disregard any counseling from your licensed medical professional based on this information.
If you have any medical questions that are not answered here, we do offer counseling from a licensed pharmacist.