Make some Asthma Plans

Help your kids stay ahead of asthma and maintain control year-round with these easy-to-follow plans.

Consider an asthma school plan

“Many kids with asthma don’t have a plan in place at their school. An asthma action plan doesn’t do any good if it’s not shared with the people who can act on it,” said allergist James Sublett, MD, FACAAI, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI).1

  • If your child takes maintenance medication, like QVAR®, make sure they take it at home every day, twice-a-day, as directed by their doctor
  • Be sure at least one rescue inhaler is available to them at school, in case they need it. Since 2010, all 50 states have laws protecting students’ rights to carry and use asthma medications at school1
  • Alert your child’s teacher, school nurse, athletic instructor or coach about your child’s symptoms. If they know your child’s triggers, they may be able to help them steer clear in the school environment as well
  • Discuss how to handle emergencies with the school principal and school nurse
  • Be sure your child and the school staff know how to use your child’s rescue inhaler

Going on vacation? Create an asthma family travel plan.

When you have a child with asthma, a safe vacation requires sound planning.

  • Request prescription refills and be sure to have enough medication for your time away
  • When we’re away from home, locations and schedules can change. Things can get confusing. So make sure your child’s asthma control routine stays constant. An easy way to do this is to tell them to take
    QVAR® after they brush their teeth
  • Research where hospitals and pharmacies are located at your travel destination(s)
  • When flying, keep your child’s rescue inhaler with you instead of storing it in overhead bins
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of water during air travel, since dry air can aggravate symptoms
  • If traveling by car, give the interior a thorough cleaning
  • Travel in early morning or late evening hours, when air quality is better and traffic is lighter
  • Keep your air conditioning on recycle so that outside air doesn’t come in
  • Make sure your hotel accommodations are smoke- and pet-free
  • Choose lodging with allergy-friendly rooms. (Many now offer state-of-the-art air purifiers, mattress and pillow encasings, and cleaning products to remove harmful allergens and irritants such as bacteria, dust mites and airborne mold)
  • Request a room off the ground floor to avoid car exhaust

Fill out an Asthma Action Plan

An Asthma Action Plan provides instructions on managing pediatric asthma.

  • It includes information about your child’s asthma medications, including when and how much of each medication to take
  • Coordinate all of your child's care. Provide a copy of this Asthma Action Plan to your child's caregivers, including babysitters, coaches, teachers and school nurses
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. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Before School Starts, Train all the Brains for Allergies and Asthma. Available at: http://acaai.org/news/school-starts-train-all-brains-allergies-and-asthma. Accessed July 27, 2015.