Chronic Inflammation
in the Airways of the Lungs

Even when asthma symptoms aren't present, inflammation can cause damage

Inflammation is a major part of what causes asthma symptoms. But even when people with persistent mild-to-moderate asthma don't have symptoms, the airways in their lungs may still be inflamed.1 If left untreated, inflammation can be associated with damage to the large and small airways in the lungs.2,3

Help prevent airway damage caused by inflammation

QVAR® is a type of daily asthma control medication for persistent asthma called an ICS (inhaled corticosteroid). QVAR® can help prevent or lessen the severity of asthma symptoms and improve lung function for many people with asthma. See what an asthma specialist has to say about asthma and QVAR® .

ICS inhalers work by helping to reduce inflammation in both the large and small airways.4 According to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Expert Panel Report 3, ICS medications are the preferred and first step in the treatment of patients with mild-to-moderate persistent asthma.1

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.
References
  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 July 27, 2015.
  2. Martin R.J. Therapeutic significance of distal airway inflammation in asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2002; 109(2): S447–S460.
  3. Hyde D.M., Hamid Q., Irvin C.G. Anatomy, pathology, and physiology of the tracheobronchial tree: emphasis on the distal airways. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009; 124:S72–S77.
  4. Leach C, Colice GL, Luskin A. Particle size of inhaled corticosteroids: does it matter? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009;124(6):S88-S93.