Stay Ahead of Asthma

Get control. Help keep control with twice-daily QVAR®.

People with asthma may need an everyday asthma control medication in addition to a quick-relief inhaler. Daily use of an inhaled corticosteroid like QVAR® may help reduce the frequency of asthma attacks, and the need for your quick-relief rescue inhaler, by controlling asthma inflammation in your lungs. According to The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Expert Panel Report 3, inhaled corticosteroids are the preferred therapy available for patients with mild-to-severe persistent asthma.1

Do something good for your lungs every day

Using an asthma controller as prescribed by your doctor may reduce the number of asthma attacks and, their symptoms, and even increase your lung function over time.2

But forgetting to take your daily asthma control medication—or stopping because symptoms aren't noticeable—may increase the risk of asthma attacks or a return of symptoms.1

That's because even when asthma symptoms are not present, asthma inflammation still is. When taken every day, as directed, QVAR® helps reduce the inflammation and prevent asthma symptoms from coming back. Watch how QVAR®works.

Remember to take QVAR® correctly, as prescribed, every day, in order to maximize the potential benefits.

QVAR® is a daily asthma controller

QVAR® is a single medicine known as an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS). Learn about the FDA recommendations associated with combination-medicine asthma inhalers.

Quick-relief inhalers are not for achieving and maintaining asthma control

Quick-relief inhalers treat acute asthma attacks or flare-ups. Most quick-relief inhalers contain a short-acting beta agonist (SABA). These inhalers work by opening up the inflamed airways of the lungs, making it easier to breathe.1 Patients with asthma should always carry a quick-relief inhaler.

Needing to use a quick-relief inhaler more than two days a week means your asthma symptoms may not be under control. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a daily asthma control medication.1

Use the dose counter to stay on track

QVAR® is the only daily-inhaled asthma controller that has a built-in dose counter and numbers that turn red when it’s time to refill. This can be very helpful if you’re serious about staying ahead of your 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.
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. 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 July 27, 2015.