Asthma Symptoms
and Triggers

Recognize asthma triggers

Inflammation is a major cause of asthma symptoms. Inflammation makes both the large and small airways in the lungs more sensitive to asthma triggers (things in the environment that can make asthma symptoms become worse).

Common asthma triggers include:

  • Pollen
  • Smoke
  • Pet dander
  • Exercise
  • Colds or the flu
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Changes in weather
  • Laughing or crying hard
  • Airborne chemicals

Identifying asthma symptoms

Are you worried that you or your child may have asthma, or that the asthma isn't under control? Talk with your healthcare provider if you recognize any of these common asthma symptoms1:

  • A whistling or wheezing sound during breathing
  • Coughing — especially a dry, persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Wheezing or coughing at night
  • Sleeping poorly because of trouble breathing
  • Having trouble breathing during or after playing or exercise

Did you know that not everyone with asthma has the same symptoms?1

  • Some people with asthma are more likely to cough, rather than wheeze
  • Other people have asthma symptoms during different seasons
  • Still others find that sports or exercise triggers asthma symptoms, in particular ones that involve a lot of running or aerobic activity

Fill out this asthma symptoms checklist to start your asthma assessment. Use it to talk about persistent asthma symptoms with your healthcare provider.

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 July 27, 2015.