Collette's Asthma Story

Asthma sends a travel agent on a trip to the hospital*

Last year, asthma patient and travel agent Collette had a particularly bad asthma exacerbation. "I wound up in the hospital," Collette recalled. "It was during allergy season, and work had been particularly stressful. I’m a travel agent, so I'm really busy in the spring and summer. Everyone's going on vacation then. After that, my doctor put me on a combination inhaler and said we'd try that for a few months."

A change in the asthma treatment plan

After a few months, Collette's doctor said that it was time to step-down asthma therapy. "I was scared at first. I hadn't had any more asthma attacks, and I definitely didn’t want to. But my doctor explained that once my asthma was under control, it was important to use the lowest amount of medicine to maintain that control."1

Stepping down and maintaining asthma control

"We decided to try stepping down from my combination inhaler to a single-medicine inhaler," Collette said, “and my doctor prescribed QVAR®. I've been on it for a few months now, and my asthma is still under control.”2

*Note: The examples presented here are a combination of patient stories. Any resemblance to actual people, living or deceased, is coincidental.

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Approved Uses
QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is used in the ongoing treatment of asthma as preventative therapy in patients 5 years of age or older.

QVAR® is also used for asthma patients who require systemic corticosteroid administration, where adding QVAR® may reduce or eliminate the need for systemic corticosteroids.
Important Safety Information
  • QVAR does not replace quick-relief inhalers for sudden symptoms
  • Do not use QVAR if you are allergic to beclomethasone dipropionate or any of the ingredients in QVAR
  • Do not use QVAR more often than it is prescribed. Do not stop taking QVAR abruptly without talking to your healthcare provider
  • QVAR may cause serious side effects, including:
    • Fungal infections (thrush). Tell your healthcare provider if you have any redness or white-colored patches in your mouth or throat. Rinse your mouth after using QVAR to help prevent an infection in your mouth or throat
    • Worsening asthma or sudden asthma attacks. After using your rescue inhaler, contact your healthcare provider right away if you do not get relief from your sudden asthma attacks
    • Decreased adrenal function. This potentially life-threatening condition can happen when you stop taking oral corticosteroid medicines and start using QVAR. Tell your healthcare provider right away about any symptoms such as: tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, and dizziness or faintness
    • Immune system effects or infection. Tell your healthcare provider about any signs or symptoms, such as: fever, pain, body aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea, or vomiting
    • Increased wheezing right after QVAR use. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden wheezing
    • Serious allergic reactions. Stop using QVAR and call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you get any of the following: hives; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; rash; or breathing problems
    • Slowed growth in children. Children should have their growth checked regularly while using QVAR
    • Lower bone density. This may be a problem for people who already have a higher chance for this condition
    • Eye problems. If you have had glaucoma or cataracts in the past, you should have regular eye exams while using QVAR
  • The most common side effects of QVAR include: headache, throat irritation, and sinus irritation

  • Please see full Prescribing Information

    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.
References
  1. FDA Drug Safety Communication: New safety requirements for long-acting inhaled asthma medications called Long-Acting Beta Agonists (LABAs). Available at: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm200776.htm. Accessed June 17, 2014.
  2. QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Prescribing Information. Teva Respiratory, LLC; July 2014.