About Asthma

Understand asthma symptoms, inflammation and attacks

Asthma causes inflammation in both the small and large airways—the branches that carry air into the lungs. Inflamed lungs may react to triggers like allergens or irritants such as exercise, cold air, secondhand smoke, mold or tiny dust mites that live in bedding and stuffed animals.1

When a person has an asthma attack (a period during which asthma symptoms appear or get worse), inflamed lungs experience “bronchospasm”—tightening of the bands of muscle surrounding the airways. This causes the lungs' airways to become narrow or blocked, making it hard to breathe.1

Common asthma symptoms include:2

  • Coughing (often worse at night or early in the morning)
  • Wheezing (like a whistling sound when you breathe)
  • Chest tightness (like something is sitting on your chest)
  • Shortness of breath (like you can’t catch your breath or get air out of your lungs)

Experiencing asthma symptoms? Use our asthma symptoms assessment tool and discuss the results with your doctor.

Importance of treating asthma inflammation

For many people, asthma is a persistent condition. Even on days when you aren’t experiencing asthma symptoms, the underlying airway inflammation that causes asthma symptoms may still need to be treated. If asthma isn’t controlled, it can lead to more severe symptoms and even a greater risk of needing to go to the emergency room.2

How does QVAR® help treat asthma?

QVAR® is a type of daily asthma control medication called an ICS (inhaled corticosteroid). It works by helping to reduce airway inflammation. QVAR® can help prevent asthma symptoms, reduce the risk of asthma attacks and improve lung function for many people with asthma.3 Watch how QVAR®works.

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.
  1. Leach C, Colice GL, Luskin A. Particle size of inhaled corticosteroids: does it matter? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009;124(6):S88-S93.
  2. 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.
  3. QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Prescribing Information. Teva Respiratory, LLC; July 2014.