Qvar vs. Dulera

Are Qvar and Dulera the Same Thing?

Qvar (beclomethasone dipropionate) and Dulera (mometasone and formoterol) are corticosteroids used to prevent and treat asthma.

Dulera is not used for treating asthma attacks.

Both Qvar and Dulera contain a corticosteroid. Dulera also contains a long-acting beta agonist.

Side effects of Qvar and Dulera that are similar include headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough, dry mouth, hoarseness, or deepened voice.

Side effects of Qvar that are different from Dulera include stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, dry nose/throat after use, or unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Side effects of Dulera that are different from Qvar include changes in menstrual periods, dizziness, anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia), back pain, muscle cramps, skin rash, or itching.

Qvar may interact with other drugs.

Dulera may interact with aldesleukin, beta-blockers, azole antifungals, macrolide antibiotics, and HIV protease inhibitors.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Qvar?

Common side effects of Qvar include:

  • stomach upset,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • headache,
  • sore throat,
  • stuffy nose,
  • sinus pain,
  • cough,
  • dryness in your mouth/nose/throat after use,
  • unpleasant taste in the mouth,
  • hoarseness, or
  • deepened voice.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Dulera?

Common side effects of Dulera include:

  •  stuffy nose
  • hoarseness or deepened voice
  • dry mouth
  • sore throat headache
  • sinus pain
  • changes in menstrual periods
  • dizziness
  • anxiety
  • headache
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • back pain
  • muscle cramps
  • cough
  • skin rash, or
  • itching

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What Is Qvar?

Qvar (beclomethasone dipropionate) is a steroid used to prevent asthma attacks. Qvar will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun. Qvar is available in generic form.

What Is Dulera?

Dulera is a combination of a corticosteroid and a long-acting beta agonist

What Drugs Interact With Qvar?

Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Qvar should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. There are rare reports of harm to a fetus when the mother took other corticosteroids. Infants born to mothers who have been using high doses of beclomethasone for an extended time may have hormone problems. Tell your doctor if you notice symptoms such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Dulera?

Dulera ay interact with antifungal medications and antibiotics.

Dulera may also interact with aldesleukin, beta-blockers, and HIV protease inhibitors. Symbicort may also interact with MAO inhibitors, antidepressants, beta-blockers, or diuretics (water pills)

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How Should Qvar Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Qvar is 40 to 320 mcg twice daily for adults and 40 to 80 mcg twice daily for children. If you are also using a bronchodilator, use it first before using the beclomethasone inhaler. There may be other drugs that can interact with Qvar..

How Should Dulera Be Taken?

Use Dulera exactly as prescribed. Do not use Dulera more often than prescribed. Dulera comes in 2 strengths. Your healthcare provider has prescribed the strength that is best for you. Note the differences between Dulera and your other inhaled medications, including the differences in prescribed use and physical appearance.

Dulera should be taken every day as 2 puffs in the morning and 2 puffs in the evening.

If you miss a dose of Dulera, skip your missed dose and take your next dose at your regular time. Do not take Dulera more often or use more puffs than you have been prescribed.

While you are using Dulera 2 times each day, do not use other medicines that contain a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) for any reason. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if any of your other medicines are LABA medicines.

If you take more Dulera than your healthcare provider has prescribed, get medical help right away if you have any unusual symptoms, such as problems breathing, palpitations, chest pain, increased heart rate, nervousness or shakiness.

Do not change or stop using Dulera or other asthma medicines used to control or treat your breathing problems unless told to do so by your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will change your medicines as needed.

Dulera does not relieve sudden asthma symptoms. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms. Use your rescue inhaler if you have breathing problems between doses of Dulera. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, call your healthcare provider to have one prescribed for you.

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References
SOURCE:

Teva Respiratory, LLC. QVAR RediHaler Product Information.

https://www.qvar.com

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Asmanex Drug Information.

https://www.dulera.com

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