- 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.
A preventer inhaler should always be used in conjunction with a blue reliever inhaler such as Ventolin
Other steroid inhalers include:
How can I buy Qvar inhalers online safely?
You can buy the Qvar inhaler online from Medicine Direct by completing an online consultation on our website. Your answers will be assessed by a registered doctor or pharmacist, who will give you a prescription to order this inhaler if they find it a safe asthma treatment for you to use.
You can then use this prescription to place your order for a Qvar 50 and 100 inhaler at our online pharmacy. Place your order before 2pm and we can also offer you next day delivery on your medicine.
To purchase Qvar aerosol inhalers/autohaler or any other medicine online safely, only order from registered online pharmacies that are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), like Medicine Direct. This will ensure that your medication is completely safe to use and fully approved.
What are the benefits of using Qvar inhalers?
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.
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 Qvar?
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:
- You cannot drink alcohol for any reason
- You currently have tuberculosis, or you have suffered with it in the past
- You feel like your asthma is getting worse (you may be experiencing more wheeziness or shortness of breath than usual, your reliever inhaler may not be as effective as it used to be, or you may need to use it more frequently). Your doctor may increase the dose of your steroid inhaler, or prescribe you a course of steroid tablets. They may alter your treatment plan completely.
- If you are changing from steroid tablets to an inhaler, you may find that you feel unwell, even if your chest is getting better. You may also develop a rash, eczema, sneezing or a runny nose. Do not stop using your inhaler unless instructed by your doctor.
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.
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)
Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away. Please note, this list is not exhaustive; please refer to the Side Effects tab for information on rarer and more serious adverse effects you may suffer while using Qvar.
Qvar Inhaler Dosage and Directions
How do I use a Qvar inhaler?
All of our doctor and pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Qvar. Always use Qvar exactly how your doctor or pharmacist has instruced.
Always use the Qvar inhaler exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet carefully and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you need any further guidance or assistance.
If you are using a new inhaler, or you have not used it for at least two weeks, you must test it before you first use it. Do this by removing the mouthpiece cover and pressing down on the cannister within the inhaler. Spray two puffs into the air; do this while holding it away from you.
The dose you need to take depends on your age and how severe your asthma symptoms are.
For adults and children over 12 years old:
- To treat mild asthma, the starting dose is one puff twice a day. This dose can be increased to to up to two puffs twice a day.
- To treat moderate asthma, the starting dose is two puffs twice a day. This may be increased to four puffs twice a day.
- To treat severe asthma, the starting dose is four puffs twice a day. This can be increased to eight puffs twice a day.
The maximum dose is 16 puffs in one day.
- Remove the mouthpiece from the inhaler.
- Breathe out as far as you comfortably can, then place the inhaler into your mouth straight away. Close your lips around the mouthpiece.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply through your mouth, then press down on the cannister to release one puff of the medicine. Continue breathing in as the medicine is released.
- Hold your breathe for 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly. If your doctor/pharmacist told you to take more than one dose of the medicine, repeat this process again.
- Replace the mouthpiece cover after you have used the Qvar inhaler.
What if it doesn't work?
If your asthma symptoms seem to be getting worse or you are not noticing any improvement at all, your asthma may be getting worse. This may also be the case if you are finding that you are needing to take your reliver spray more frequently than usual.
Do not use a higher dose than your doctor/pharmacist has told you to. If you think your dose is too strong or too weak, do not alter it without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist. They will be able to advise on a safe adjusted dose, or they may recommend a different form of available treatment altogether.
What if I forget to use it?
If you forget to use your inhaler, take the recommended dose as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose.
Do not take a double dose of this medicine to try and make up for missing a previous dose.
To effectively treat your asthma symptoms, it is important that you are consistent in using Qvar. To help you to remember to take your dose, try to take it at the same times every day. Some people find it helpful to set an alarm as a reminder.
What if I use more than I am supposed to?
It is very important that you do not exceed the dose your doctor or pharmacist has recommended. Do not increase or decrease the dose yourself, and if you have taken more than you were instructed to, seek medical attention straight away.
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Qvar Inhaler Side Effects
Information on common side effects associated with Qvar aerosol inhalers can be found on the main product page.
Keep using Qvar but speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you become unwell, especially if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
Rare side effects of this asthma treatment may affect 1 in 10,000 people and include:
- Bone thinning
- Loss of vision as a result of abnormally high pressure in the eye
- Cataract, which can result in blurred vision
The following reactions can also occur at an unknown frequency rate:
- Depression or feeling worried, restless, irritable, nervous or over-excited. These are more likely to occur in children using this treatment
Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a serious allergic reaction to the medicine in this inhaler.
You must either call 999 or go to A&E as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- You are wheezing
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
- Your chest or throat feels tight
- You develop a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- You have swelling in your mouth, face, tongue, lips or throat
You might be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.
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
What are the precautions/interactions of Qvar?
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.
If you have been treated with high doses of an inhaled steroid for a long time, your doctor might also prescribe you a course of steroid tablets to take alongside it, or possibly a steroid injection during times of stress.
You should attend regular doctor appointments while using this asthma treatment. They will want to review your asthma at regular intervals.
If you suffer from any visual disturbances, speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
Qvar contains a small amount of alcohol. If you are unable to have alcohol for any reason, speak to your doctor before using this inhaler.
For more information on Qvar Inhaler Drug Interactions
Driving and operating machinery
Qvar will not directly impair your ability to drive or use machines. However as blurred vision is a side effect associated with this treatment, you should not drive, cycle or operate machinery if you experience any visual problems.
If visual disturbances persist, speak to your doctor straight away.
Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on warnings and drug interactions. If you have any questions about using Qvar, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use it.
Qvar Inhaler Ingredients
The Qvar inhaler contains the active ingredient beclometasone dipropionate.
This asthma treatment also contains the following inactive ingredients: HFA-134a (norflurane) and ethanol.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this asthma inhaler if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed here.
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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