Trevor's Asthma Story

Soccer dad stays active by controlling asthma every day*

Trevor has asthma and is the busy father of two kids. He's also the coach for his son's soccer team. "Soccer is big in my family," he said. "My kids, Joey and Michelle, play in a youth league and I coach Joey's team."

"It wasn’t that unusual for me to use my quick-relief inhaler during a game, especially if it was a really close game or I was running around a lot. It was during a game last season that I had a pretty bad asthma attack."

Trevor recalled what happened. "Joey had just scored a goal against the other team. He was playing great, and everyone was excited. I was running down the field and shouting and cheering. And then it got hard to breathe."

A trip to the emergency room

Trevor needed to be taken to the emergency room due to his asthma attack. "The day went from being really great to being really bad," Trevor said. "It was especially tough on the kids. I remember them being very upset."

After stabilizing Trevor, the attending physician at the emergency room gave Trevor a prescription for QVAR®, an asthma control inhaler that can help ease inflammation of the airways, one of the key causes of asthma. "Joey and Michelle made sure I got it filled that same day."

QVAR® helped get asthma under control

Trevor also went to see his regular physician for a follow-up appointment. "She told me that taking my asthma control medicine could mean less chance of having to go back to the emergency room.1 Since then, I've made sure to take my controller medicine exactly the way she told me to. It's helped a lot—I don't have to use my quick-relief inhaler as much when I'm running around with the kids."

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

Read about Jenny, a young girl with allergic asthma.

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.
Reference
  1. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm. Accessed June 17, 2014.