Asthma Treatment

Treating chronic asthma requires daily attention

Asthma is a serious condition that doesn’t go away. Managing symptoms must become part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth. As part of your plan to manage your asthma and keep it under control, you may want to include the daily activities of:

  • Taking daily asthma medicine, even when symptoms aren't present
  • Avoiding asthma triggers
  • Monitoring breathing with a peak flow meter

See what an asthma specialist has to say about asthma and QVAR®.

Most people with asthma need two kinds of medicine:

  1. Quick-relief rescue inhalers. Taken when you need them, for immediate relief of your symptoms.
  2. Long-term control inhalers. Taken daily, on an ongoing basis, to help reduce the inflammation in your airways and prevent symptoms and attacks.

What to remember about asthma medicines

  • Quick-relief inhalers are very good at quickly treating asthma symptoms, but don’t help control the inflammation in your airways that causes symptoms
  • Long-term control inhalers help prevent asthma symptoms from occurring. Not for quick relief, they work more slowly and may take several weeks before you feel their full benefits1

If you need to use a quick-relief medicine more than twice a week, it may be a sign that you also need to take a daily control medicine like QVAR® to reduce the inflammation in your airways. You should speak with your doctor as soon as possible.

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 June 17, 2014.