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Qvar Side Effects

Generic Name: beclomethasone

Note: This document contains side effect information about beclomethasone. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Qvar.

For the Consumer

Applies to beclomethasone: inhalation aerosol liquid, inhalation aerosol powder, inhalation capsule, inhalation spray

Along with its needed effects, beclomethasone (the active ingredient contained in Qvar) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking beclomethasone:

More common
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • fever
  • hoarseness
  • runny nose
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble swallowing
  • voice changes
Incidence not known
  • Attack, assault, or force
  • blindness
  • blurred vision
  • changes in behavior
  • chills
  • darkening of the skin
  • decreased vision
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • eye pain
  • fainting
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • mental depression
  • nausea
  • painful or difficult urination
  • skin rash
  • sore mouth or tongue
  • tearing
  • thoughts of killing oneself
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • white patches in the mouth or on the tongue

Some side effects of beclomethasone may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Cramps
  • heavy bleeding
  • pain
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tightness of the chest

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to beclomethasone: compounding powder, inhalation aerosol, inhalation aerosol with adapter


The most commonly reported adverse reactions have included headache, pharyngitis, rhinitis, inhalation site and taste sensation.[Ref]


Oral therapy:
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Common (1% to 10%): Dysmenorrhea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Menorrhagia
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Adrenal suppression, Cushing syndrome, cushingoid features[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Pharyngitis (up to 27%)
Common (1% to 10%): Rhinitis, hoarseness, throat irritation, upper respiratory tract infection, dysphonia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bronchitis, coughing, epistaxis
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Acute asthma episode, hemoptysis, respiratory disorder, sinusitis
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Paradoxical bronchospasm with wheezing
Frequency not reported: Eosinophilic pneumonia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Oral candidiasis of mouth and throat
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abdominal pain, constipation
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Dyspepsia, unspecified gastrointestinal disorders, nausea, tongue discoloration, toothache[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity reactions including rashes, urticaria, pruritus, erythema
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypersensitivity reactions including edema of the eyes, face, lips, and throat (angioedema), anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Glaucoma, cataracts
Postmarketing reports: Blurred vision, central serous chorioretinopathy[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anxiety
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, hyperactivity, aggression, irritability (mostly in children)
Postmarketing reports: Suicidal ideation[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 25%)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dizziness, dysphonia, migraine
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Neuropathy, tremor, vertigo[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash, purpura
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Photosensitivity reaction, skin disorder, urticaria
Frequency not reported: Easy bruising, skin thinning[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Myalgia, muscle cramps, back pain
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Growth retardation, decrease in bone mineral density[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Chest pain, edema
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Hypertension, palpitations, angina pectoris[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Inhalation site sensation and taste sensation[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased weight[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

3. "Product Information. Qvar (beclomethasone)." Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, North Wales, PA.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.