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Qvar Side Effects

Generic Name: beclomethasone

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug beclomethasone. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Qvar.

For the Consumer

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

As well as its needed effects, beclomethasone (the active ingredient contained in Qvar) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking beclomethasone, check with your doctor immediately:

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 or vomiting
  • painful or difficult urination
  • skin rash
  • sore mouth or tongue
  • tearing
  • thoughts of killing oneself
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • white patches in the mouth or on the tongue

Minor Side Effects

Some beclomethasone side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned 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[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. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

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

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

It is possible that some side effects of Qvar may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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