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Qvar aerosol solution

Pronunciation

Generic Name: beclomethasone (BE-kloe-METH-a-sone)
Brand Name: Qvar

Qvar aerosol solution is used for:

Preventing asthma symptoms. It will not stop an asthma attack once one has started.

Qvar aerosol solution is an inhaled corticosteroid. It works by decreasing irritation and swelling in the airways, which helps to control or prevent asthma symptoms.

Do NOT use Qvar aerosol solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Qvar aerosol solution
  • you are having an asthma attack

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Qvar aerosol solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with Qvar aerosol solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of other lung or breathing problems; or increased pressure in the eye, glaucoma, or cataracts
  • if you have a personal or family history of osteoporosis (weak bones), or if you have risk factors for developing osteoporosis, including if you will be confined to a bed or chair for a long period of time, or long-term use of seizure medicines (eg, carbamazepine) or corticosteroids (eg, prednisone)
  • if you have an immune system problem; a herpes infection of the eye; a bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection; or a viral infection (eg, chickenpox, measles, shingles)
  • if you have tuberculosis (TB), have had a positive TB skin test, or have recently been vaccinated
  • if you have ever had to stop taking another medicine for asthma because you were allergic to it or had other problems with it
  • if you are taking or have previously taken another corticosteroid (eg, budesonide) by mouth or by inhalation

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Qvar aerosol solution. However, no specific interactions are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Qvar aerosol solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Qvar aerosol solution:

Use Qvar aerosol solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Qvar aerosol solution. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Inhale Qvar aerosol solution through the mouth.
  • Before using Qvar aerosol solution, be sure that the canister is properly placed in the inhaler unit.
  • You must prime the inhaler before you use it for the first time. You must also prime the inhaler if it is not used for more than 10 days. To prime the inhaler, remove the plastic cap and spray the inhaler 2 times into the air away from your face and eyes.
  • To use a dose, remove the plastic cap and breathe out slowly and completely. Place the mouthpiece between your lips and try to rest your tongue flat, unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Your doctor may have told you to hold the inhaler 1 or 2 inches (2 or 3 centimeters) away from the open mouth or to use a special spacing device. As you start to take a slow deep breath, press the canister and mouthpiece together at exactly the same time. This will release a dose of Qvar aerosol solution. Continue breathing in slowly and deeply, remove the inhaler away from your mouth, and hold your breath for about 10 seconds or for as long as comfortable, then breathe out slowly through pursed lips or your nose. If more than 1 inhalation is to be used, wait a few minutes and repeat the above steps. Keep the spray away from your eyes.
  • Replace the mouth piece cover after each use.
  • Clean the mouthpiece weekly with a clean, dry tissue or cloth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after each use to prevent mouth or throat infections. Do not swallow the rinse water. Spit it out.
  • Do not use near heat or an open flame.
  • Keep the inhaler clean and dry at all times. Do not wash the inhaler or put any part of it in water.
  • Qvar aerosol solution may have a dose counter to help you keep track of how many doses are left. If it does, you will see a black dot in the dose counter until Qvar aerosol solution has been primed 2 times. The dose counter will count down sprays in units of 2. Throw Qvar aerosol solution away when the dose counter has a "0" in it. It may no longer give the correct amount of medicine with each dose.
  • Continue to use Qvar aerosol solution even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. Use Qvar aerosol solution on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • If you miss a dose of Qvar aerosol solution, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Qvar aerosol solution.

Important safety information:

  • Qvar aerosol solution will not stop an asthma attack once one has started. Be sure to carry a rescue inhaler (eg, albuterol) with you at all times to treat any breathing problems that may occur between doses of Qvar aerosol solution (eg, severe or sudden onset of wheezing or shortness of breath). If you have any questions about which medicines stop asthma attacks, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Tell your doctor at once if you notice that your rescue inhaler does not work as well, if you need to use it often (eg, 4 or more times a day for more than 2 days in a row; more than 1 canister in 8 weeks), or if you have a decrease in your peak flow meter results.
  • Qvar aerosol solution can cause severe breathing problems right after you use a dose. Sometimes, this can be life-threatening. If this happens, use a rescue inhaler and seek medical care at once. Do not use any more doses of Qvar aerosol solution unless instructed by your doctor.
  • Improvement in asthma control can occur within 24 hours of beginning treatment, although the maximum effect of Qvar aerosol solution may take as long as 4 weeks, or longer. If symptoms do not get better within that period of time or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about all of your asthma medicines and how to use them. Your doctor may make changes to your asthma-control medicines once your asthma is well controlled. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any asthma medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose, use for longer than prescribed, decrease your dose, or stop using Qvar aerosol solution without checking with your doctor.
  • Use caution if you switch from an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) to Qvar aerosol solution. It may take several months for your body to make enough natural steroids to handle events that cause physical stress. Such events may include injury, surgery, infection, loss of blood electrolytes, or a sudden asthma attack. These may be severe and sometimes fatal. Contact your doctor right away if any of these events occur. You may need to take an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) again. Carry a card at all times that says you may need an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) if any of these events occur.
  • Tell your doctor at once if you switch from an oral corticosteroid to Qvar aerosol solution and you notice symptoms such as runny nose, red or irritated eyes, muscle and joint pain, exhaustion, depression, unusual weakness, or severe or persistent nausea or vomiting.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Qvar aerosol solution before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Qvar aerosol solution may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Tell your doctor right away if you are exposed to anyone who has these infections.
  • Lab tests, including lung function, adrenal function, bone density, and eye exams, may be performed while you use Qvar aerosol solution. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Qvar aerosol solution.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Qvar aerosol solution while you are pregnant. It is not known if Qvar aerosol solution is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Qvar aerosol solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Qvar aerosol solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Headache; sinus or throat irritation; stuffy nose.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); fainting; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; new or worsening asthma symptoms (eg, chest tightness, increased wheezing or coughing); redness or white patches in the mouth or throat; severe dizziness; shortness of breath after using Qvar aerosol solution; sudden weight loss; unusual weakness; vision changes (eg, cloudy vision, decreased vision); vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Qvar aerosol solution:

Store Qvar aerosol solution at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Never throw the container into a fire. Contents are under pressure. Do not expose to temperatures above 120 degrees F (40 degrees C). Keep Qvar aerosol solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Qvar aerosol solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Qvar aerosol solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Qvar aerosol solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Qvar aerosol solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Qvar aerosol solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Qvar aerosol solution.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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