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User Reviews for Qvar RediHaler

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Asthma, Maintenance  
3.4
177 reviews 124 medications

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Reviews for Qvar RediHaler

Vitto · Taken for 1 to 6 months · June 25, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “QVAR has worked for me but like all users have mentioned, the Qvar RediHaler stopped working with over 40 puffs left. I found you can just remove the sticker and turn the top off and you can just press on the canister as a normal inhaler - no need to find any other inhaler, just leave the top off.”

4 / 10
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TP123 · Taken for 1 to 2 years · January 22, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I also had problems when they switched to the Qvar redihaler. Complained to my Allergist so she showed me a trick. You peel the label off the inhaler and then twist the top and bottom part of inhaler until the top part comes off. Then it can be used like a regular inhaler and the counter still works.”

7 / 10
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Sarah · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 16, 2019

For Asthma, Maintenance: “People PLEASE go to the FDA website and use the page for online reporting and report this product! It only takes a few people reporting it to have it investigated. We should not be paying $200+ to have the new inhaler stop working mid month, then have dangerous asthma attacks if we can't afford to replace the inhaler mid month. I made the company aware of my problem. It's happened to me with two inhalers in a row, they won't replace them and I am stuck with them and increasingly and increasingly bad asthma. I am switching brands, but can't immediately since I just paid $236 for the Qvar”

1 / 10
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DJ · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · March 3, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I have been using Qvar for asthma maintenance for years. They changed the dispensing system a while ago. IT IS A NIGHTMARE! The dispensing works occasionally, but then it stops. I called the company TEVA and then sent me 2 new dispensers. same problem. It works a few times, I try to unclog it and still nothing. The product is an oxymoron. How are you supposed to suck the product into your lungs when you can't breathe deeply to begin with. Ridiculous creation by people who do not have breathing issues. IDIOTS! I am contacting the FDA to do something.”

1 / 10
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Frustrated patient · Taken for less than 1 month · August 14, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I am on my 2nd Qvar and it quit working also. I did exactly what I did with the 1st one per company to clean it ( had to send it back by my pharmacist) so I started reading online and I too have taken it apart and used By pressing down on silver part inside like a regular inhaler. The redihaler is too expensive and med needed. Company should figure out better way to dispense the Medicine!!!”

2 / 10
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Stephanie · Taken for 5 to 10 years · February 8, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “My husband and son have been using Qvar for years for their asthma. My husband has severe asthma and when he uses Qvar he doesn’t need his rescue inhaler, if he goes off it he needs it several times a day. My son rarely needs his rescue because of Qvar, even when he gets sick. It’s been a life saver... literally. Luckily the copays haven’t been too awful over the years. They’ve ranged anywhere from $20-$75. I’m rating Qvar a 9 because of the Redihaler device. It’s awful. Luckily my son’s pediatrician told us a trick in how to turn the Qvar Redihale into a normal inhaler - Pull off the top (you have to pull hard) and it can be used like a normal inhaler. And it works! Just like the old inhalers! Don’t fix what isn’t broken, Qvar!”

9 / 10
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Lima · Taken for 5 to 10 years · April 28, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “The RediHaler does not dispense a full 200 inhalations. I have found month after month that when the inhalation’s get down to the 25 inhalations range, it does not dispense a full inhalation. I have the same breathing and withdrawal symptoms month after month. Pharmacy will not refill before the full 200 inhalations are prescribed are used. The manufacture needs to fix this problem.”

6 / 10
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Kajo · January 28, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “This product is terrible! In order to charge us more money they have patented this ready Haler (Qvar redihaler). It stops working halfway and there are times when you do not get the dose at all. There are other times when it spits into the back of your throat not giving you the medication correctly. Costly and ineffective halfway through. The public shouldn’t have to put up with this.”

5 / 10
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Ashley&Landon · May 31, 2017

For Asthma, Maintenance: “NEVER NEVER give this medicine to your children! If I could give this medicine a zero I would. My 4 year old son started taking the Qvar inhaler for his asthma. Over the next 3-4 months he started to have nosebleeds. I've tried everything from antibiotics, saline, humidifiers, nothing was helping. One day my son woke up with a nosebleed screaming he was blind, he turned blue, puked up a lot of blood and went limp in my arms. This qvar inhaler caused severe swelling in his sinuses, nosebleeds and low blood pressure. I thought my child had died in my arms I was terrified. I took him off the inhaler and he hasn't had a nosebleed in 3 months. Theres no reason that should have happened to a 4 year old. I would never want anybody to experience that”

1 / 10
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ME · Taken for 10 years or more · April 27, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “Qvar has worked for me great HOWEVER these new redihalers are terrible. They all stop working when there is plenty of medicine remaining. I discovered this just like everyone else on here, by not being able to breathe well and thinking something more is wrong with me only to discover that no medicine is being dispensed even though the counter displays 96 dispenses left.”

2 / 10
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Beware of Qvar Readyhaler! · September 13, 2019

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I have had the same issues as others here. I have bought 5 or 6 of the Qvar RediHaler and used about a 1/4 of it before I wasn’t getting any doses. Now I twist the top off and use it the way it used to be. I can push the canister down and inhale and hear if I am getting the med. what a terrible design.”

1 / 10
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DH · Taken for 1 to 6 months · September 10, 2019

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I used the Qvar Inhaler for years without issues. Since starting on the Qvar Redihaler months ago, I have not been able to control my asthma. The redihaler would plug, dispense once I removed my mouth spraying into the air it is a faulty product design. I just got home from the hospital, spent two nights due to asthma issues for the first time in 12 years. I told the doctors that I felt part of the cause of my visit is a faulty inhaler which brought me to bring up these reviews. This product is ineffective for me.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · June 11, 2010

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I recently went on QVAR to help control my moderate asthma. I felt the effects within the first week of use. I used to wheeze and cough with every weather change, laughing, or cheering at hockey games. Since starting, I have only had to use my rescue inhaler once. The only negative is that it is causing my voice to faulter and I have a sore throat sometimes. I will gladly take those small inconveniences for the overall benefits of this medicine.”

8 / 10
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Donna Carol · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · January 15, 2014

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I have severe asthma/COPD and have tried different inhalers through the years most only gave me a deeper voice and white patches in my mouth. That has not been my experience with Qvar 80. This medication has really helped my breathing with no white patches or deepened voice. I take 2 puffs am/pm and I am really pleased.”

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Asthma · Taken for 1 to 6 months · October 26, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “So glad I saw these reviews before ordering another. Stopped working with over 50 left. Didn’t know it. Went from perfect never using my rescue, to four day long attacks, needing the rescue and oral steroids. Finally discovered the redihaler was sputtering after I inhaled. Wow.”

1 / 10
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Derrick · November 11, 2019

For Asthma, Maintenance: “The new red Qvar Redihaler is the worst inhaler design I've ever had the experience to use. After about 30-40 uses the thing malfunctions every time. The medication itself works great, the problem is the delivery system. It either doesn't give the full dosage, doesn't dose at all, or doses once you close the lid.”

1 / 10
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Js · Taken for 2 to 5 years · June 8, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “The Qvar RediHaler doesn’t work to dispense medicine properly! Works for awhile and then stops. Medicine is great but this Redihaler is absolute garbage. I just now took canister out and will hopefully be able to get proper dosage through the old method (I have the old devices still!) very disappointing to pay the amount of money for something that doesn’t work through the full cycle.”

1 / 10
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JP · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · August 31, 2019

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I was on Qvar for several years and my asthma was well under control until using the Redihaler. I started wheezing much more during the day and waking up and having to use my Proventil inhaler at night. I was suspicious that it was the inhaler and then noticed that when I was using it, it would release the medication when I CLOSED the lid. I was not getting any of the medication for almost 2 weeks. I took the inhaler into my pharmacy and they called Teva while I waited. They were told to give me a new inhaler and to send the one I had been using back to them for "testing." I immediately contacted the FDA. Very easy to do online and I heard back from them the next day asking for more information on the product. I encourage anyone who has problems with this inhaler to do the same. It could really be a matter of life or death for some.”

1 / 10
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Ly · Taken for less than 1 month · March 20, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I thought I was using the redihaler wrong. I suck really hard but it’s delayed dispensing the medicine. By that time I’m out of breath. It only dispenses in my mouth. Not in my lungs. How can the company get away with this? I am going to tell the doctors I work with to dispense another medicine to patients this thing is a scam.”

1 / 10
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Annoyed Asthma Patient · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · June 4, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “Wow, when will the FDA actually look into this gosh awful faulty asthma medicine Qvar RediHaler. The medicine itself is fine but I don’t know what this company was thinking to make such a horrible device. It shouldn’t stop working half way through uses. I thought I was crazy and doing something wrong but seeing the reviews really made me feel more normal. I have had 2 break on me and I have had at least 30-50 puffs left. The one time I didn’t have insurance and paid $300 so it would be nice if it worked. I’m so unhappy with this device. I really hope it gets fixed. What do we have to do to get this looked into. This device sucks. I give it a ZERO out of 10!”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · March 7, 2009

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I would personally give QVAR 80 a 10 out of 10. I used my albuterol rescue inhaler 2-3 times a day and 1-2 in the middle of the night. I'd wake up tight-chested and wheezing for no reason, exercise gave me asthma attacks as did my animal/plant allergies, changes in the weather and even laughing. Since being on QVAR, I don't use my albuterol at all, like once every couple of months. That's why I was so happy for my 5 1/2 year old son when his pediatrician put him on QVAR...he only had attacks when he had a virus. Every single cold would go directly to his chest. However, after being on QVAR for 4 weeks (and not having had any colds, we don't know its effectiveness) he has been having the most long, dragged out and intense tantrums.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · February 16, 2012

For Bronchitis: “I have been on Qvar for 12 days now and my breathing has improved very much. I still need to use my rescue inhaler once during the night but I feel like this will not be on going. Yesterday I had to go outside for a bit and it was quite cold, as soon as I finished what I had to do, without thinking, I turned and ran back inside. After I was back inside it dawned on me that just a week ago running was out of the question as was was walking very far. My 25 yard dash did not cause me any breathing problems. So far I have not experianced any side effects either for which I am very grateful. I just wish it wasn't so expensive. ”

9 / 10
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Aryboob · Taken for 5 to 10 years · April 15, 2016

For Asthma, Maintenance: “QVAR does NOTHING for me except make my Asthma worse! I have been prescribed this medication for about 8 years now. When taken every day it made my asthma worse and I feel myself reaching for my Albuterol constantly. I've had this opinion since I was a child and the Dr. basically thinks I'm full of it.. Well, I stopped using it for years (and my Asthma issues stopped except for occasional flare ups), my Dr. told me to start it again once a day and now my Asthma is awful, I get the "elephant on the chest" feeling without any physical activity. I'm done wasting my time on this medication.”

1 / 10
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Barb · Taken for 1 to 2 years · September 29, 2019

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I thought it was my imagination about the RediHaler not working when there were 50-60 doses left, but after reading many comments, I see that I'm not alone. I am positive that it is not dispensing until I close the lid. Will be contacting my pharmacy and FDA about this. I never had a problem with my asthma flaring up on the prior inhaler.”

2 / 10
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BreatheBetter · February 6, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “I find Qvar has made a big difference and is helpful but after a few purchases, I feel like I'm renting my own lungs--this stuff is so expensive...why? My insurance won't cover it..why? I did some research and found that pharmaceutical companies around 2008 paid about $500K to lobby to ban cheaper fluorocarbon dispensers (like Primatene Mist) and were victorious, which led to them changing their own formula for the dispenser medium (no expensive new testing?), which resulted in new formula patents, which got them exclusivity and no competition, which resulted in them feeling free to raise prices for years. Thanks Teva, and our Lawmakers, for assuring corporate profits and stock holders' happiness at the expense of your own customers' health issues that cannot be treated with alternative or competitor options, it is much appreciated. Thanks for a good product, but your profits taken at the expense of your customers' health, I sure hope they at least help you breathe easier tonight.”

7 / 10
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