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Qvar Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Qvar
Generic Name: beclomethasone inhalation (Pronunciation: be kloe METH a sone)
- What is beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
- What are the possible side effects of beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
- What is the most important information I should know about beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
- How should I use beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Qvar)?
- What happens if I overdose (Qvar)?
- What should I avoid while using beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
- What other drugs will affect beclomethasone inhalation? (Qvar)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
Beclomethasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Beclomethasone inhalation is used to prevent asthma attacks. This medication will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun.
Beclomethasone inhalation may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- weakness, tired feeling, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss;
- white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
- wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medication;
- skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
- changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist);
- blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; or
- worsening asthma symptoms.
Common side effects may include:
- dryness in your mouth, nose, or throat after use;
- stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, cough; or
- hoarseness or deepened voice.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Qvar (beclomethasone dipropionate hfa) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
Beclomethasone inhalation will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine for an asthma attack.
Contact your doctor if your asthma symptoms do not improve after using beclomethasone for 2 weeks.
Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack. Your dosage needs may also change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack.
If you switched to beclomethasone inhalation from an oral (taken by mouth) steroid, you may need to restart the oral medicine if you are under stress or have an asthma attack or other medical emergency. Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you may need an oral steroid in an emergency.
Additional Qvar Information
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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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