- Preventer inhaler
- Contains the steroid Beclometasone
- Available as an inhaler/autohaler
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What is Qvar Inhaler?
The Qvar 50-100 inhaler is a prescription-only treatment for preventing asthma symptoms. It works to control your symptoms and prevent an asthma attack from happening. It is also available in the form of an autohaler.
Due to its steroid nature, Qvar is a prescription only medicine and cannot be bought over the counter.
The Qvar inhaler is available in 50mcg and 100mcg doses.
What is Qvar inhaler used to treat?
The Qvar inhaler is used to prevent and manage the symptoms of asthma, over time; the active ingredient helps the body build up a tolerence to asthma triggers that cause inflammation in the airways.
How does Qvar 50/100 inhaler work?
Qvar contains a corticosteroid medicine called beclometasone dipropionate, which works to prevent asthma symptoms from occurring. This makes it less likely that you will suffer from an asthma attack.
Due to the active steroid ingredient in Qvar, daily use will help the body build up a resistance to asthma triggers over time.
Working deep in your lungs, this steroid medicine works by reducing the swelling, inflammation and irritation in your airways. This makes breathing much easier.
You need to use this device every day, even when you do not have any asthma symptoms. Please note, a Qvar inhaler will not work to relieve the effects of an asthma attack if you suffer one. For this, you should always carry a 'reliever inhaler' with you at all times. To control your asthma properly, you will likely be prescribed a reliever inhaler alongside Qvar 50.
Who can use a Qvar Inhaler 50 or 100?
The Qvar inhaler is an effective medication for preventing the symptoms of asthma, but it is not suitable for everyone to use.
If you need to use high doses of a steroid inhaler, your doctor may also prescribe you steroid tablets or, in some cases, a steroid injection at a time of stress. This may happen if you have to be admitted to hospital after a serious injury.
Do not use Qvar inhaler if any of the following applies to you:
- You are allergic to beclometasone dipropionate or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine
- You are allergic to any other inhalers that are similar to this one
- You are suffering from sudden shortness of breath. Qvar will not help to relieve this, you will need to use a reliever inhaler for this problem
Make sure you speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Qvar if:
Qvar Inhaler Alternatives
There are a number of preventer inhalers that may be prescribed as an alternative to Qvar. Other commonly prescribed preventer inhalers include:
A 2002 study concluded that there was some evidence to suggest inhalers that contain budesonide when inhaled via turbohaler are more effective than beclometasone dipropionate inhalers. However the difference in effectiveness is not sufficient enough to suggest a change in clinical guidance.
Can you buy Qvar online?
Yo, you can buy Qvar 50mcg and 100mcg inhaler or autohaler online from most UK pharmacies. It is important to ensure that you are buying medicine from a fully regulated UK pharmacy.
Can you buy Qvar over the counter?
Qvar is a prescription only medicine and can not be purchased over the counter. To buy qvar, you need to complete a consultation with a doctor or UK prescriber.
Qvar Inhaler Dosage and indications
All of our doctor and pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Qvar. Always use Qvar exactly how your doctor or pharmacist has instruced.
Qvar Inhaler 50
Qvar Inhaler 100
How to use Qvar inhaler
- Remove the plastic cap from the mouthpiece
- Ensure the cannister is firmly pressed into the mouthpiece adapter
- Check the dose counter to make sure that you have doses left
- Exhale as much as you comfortably can
- Bring the inhaler to your mouth and close your lips around the mouthpiece
- Inhale deeply and slowly whilst pressing down on the top of the cannister with your finger.
- When you have finished breathing in, hold your breath for approximately 5-10 seconds
- Take your finger off the top of the cannister and remove the inhaler from your mouth
- Wash the end of the mouthpiece and rinse your mouth out with water.
For more information on how to use Qvar inhaler, read the manufacturer’s instructions.
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Qvar Inhaler Possible side effects
Like all medicine, the Qvar aerosol inhaler can cause side effects, although they will not affect everyone who uses it.
Common side effects of Qvar may affect up to 1 in 10 people and include:
- Change in taste
- Difficulty swallowing, swollen glands, sore throat
- Sore mouth or thrush (you can help to prevent this by rinsing your mouth with water after using the inhaler)
Less common side effects may affect up to 1 in 100 people:
- Feeling dizzy or fainting
- Feeling sick
- Blurred vision
- Breathing difficulties (shortness of breath, wheezing, cough)
Always read the patient information leaflet for complete details of the side effects associated with this treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about side effects, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using this asthma treatment.
Qvar Inhaler Warnings and Drug Interactions
Before you start to use a Qvar aerosol inhaler, please ensure you tell your doctor if you are already using any other type of medical treatment. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
It is particularly important that you tell them if you are already taking any of the below medicines:
Certain medicines can also increase the effects of the Qvar aerosol inhaler, so your doctor might need to monitor you more carefully. Medicines used to treat HIV can increase the effects of this asthma treatment.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Make sure you inform your doctor or pharmacist if:
- You are currently pregnant
- You are trying to get pregnant
- You think you might be pregnant
- You are currently breastfeeding
If you become pregnant while using Qvar tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Please read the patient information leaflet for full details on who Qvar may not be suitable for. If you are not sure if this inhaler is suitable for you, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your concerns.
Qvar Inhaler Ingredients
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Beclometasone dipropionate
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
Written by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840
Published on: 12/10/2020
Updated on: 20/05/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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