QVAR® & Kids

QVAR® is approved for kids five and older

QVAR® is an asthma control medication known as an inhaled corticosteroid. QVAR® is approved for children as young as five years old. Watch how QVAR® works.

If your child has been prescribed QVAR®, be sure to carefully follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider:

Use an asthma control inhaler every day, even when not experiencing symptoms

Forgetting to take daily asthma control medication as prescribed by your doctor—or stopping because your child doesn’t have any symptoms—may increase your child’s risk of asthma attacks.1

*TIP: An easy way to make sure your child remembers to take QVAR® twice a day is to take QVAR® before they brush their teeth. That way it becomes a part of their daily routine.

Keep an eye on the dose counter

QVAR®’s dose counter not only lets you know if there’s medicine left in your QVAR® inhaler, it shows you how many doses you have left. The numbers even turn red when it’s time to refill.

Your child’s physician should monitor your child’s growth and carefully weigh the benefits and risks of this and other asthma medications. To lessen the risk of side effects, your child should use the lowest dose of asthma medication needed to maintain good asthma control as prescribed by your child’s doctor.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.
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 July 27, 2015.