Qvar (Beclomethasone) belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. Qvar (Beclomethasone) helps preventing difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing caused by asthma in adults and children 5 years of age and older. This medication works by decreasing inflammation in the lungs and thereby opening up the airways to allow easier breathing. When Qvar (Beclomethasone) is used regularly it decreases the number and severity of asthma attacks. It will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started.
Doctor's prescription is required to use this medicine.
Always use Qvar (Beclomethasone) as directed by your physician.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Beclomethasone comes as an aerosol to inhale by mouth using an inhaler. It usually is inhaled twice a day. Use beclomethasone exactly as directed. Rinse your mouth with water after use. Make sure not to swallow the water. Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. Ask your doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 5 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Always use Qvar (Beclomethasone) exactly as directed by your doctor.
Before using Qvar, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or any other medications. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history. Tell your doctor about all the other prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking.
Qvar will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine for an asthma attack.
You should not use beclomethasone if you are allergic to it.
To make sure Qvar is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
• any type of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection;
• active tuberculosis infection that is not being treated;
• herpes infection of the eyes;
• osteoporosis, or low bone mineral density;
• a weak immune system; or
• cataracts, glaucoma, or increased pressure inside your eyes.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using beclomethasone, call your doctor. Beclomethasone inhalation can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Do not come in contact with people who have chickenpox or the measles while you are taking this medicine. If you do, call your doctor right away.
Beclomethasone should not be given to a child younger than 5 years old.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-Changes in vision
-Chest pain, tightness
-Trouble breathing, wheezing
-White patches or sores in the mouth or throat
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
-Burning, irritation in throat
-Unusual taste or smell
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What happens if I overdose?
In case of an overdose, seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of reach of children.
Store the medicine at room temperature.
Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Do not puncture the canister or throw on a fire or incinerator.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?
Rinse with water if Qvar gets in your eyes.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.