Elizabeth's Asthma Story

Nighttime asthma symptoms cause daytime problems*

Elizabeth just started high school this year, and as a busy teenager, she's worried about her asthma symptoms affecting her sleep. "I usually did okay during the day," she said, "but sometimes my coughing kept me up half the night."

Nighttime asthma symptoms began to affect Elizabeth's performance at school. "History was the worst," she said. "It was so hard to stay awake. My mornings turned into a blur. I couldn't remember what we learned in class when I was trying to do my homework."

Nighttime asthma symptoms may mean a lack of asthma control

Elizabeth's doctor recognized that her nighttime asthma symptoms, like coughing, meant that her asthma wasn’t well controlled. "I thought I was fine," Elizabeth said. "That's what I said when my doctor asked me about my asthma. But then we talked more about my symptoms, and my doctor said that I could probably feel a lot better."

QVAR® for asthma control

Elizabeth's doctor prescribed QVAR®. "I take it twice a day, around the time when I brush my teeth. That makes it easier for me to remember. It took a few weeks for me to notice a difference, but since then, my asthma hasn’t bothered me as much."1

*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.

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 with water without swallowing 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
    • Reduced 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, cataracts or blurred vision 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.
Reference
  1. QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Prescribing Information. Teva Respiratory, LLC; July 2014.