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About Qvar

Qvar inhalers are a preventative everyday treatment for the symptoms of asthma. These inhalers will help to control your asthma and prevent future attacks from occurring. Two varieties of Qvar inhaler are available: the Aerosol Inhaler and the Autohaler. They work by reducing inflammation within the airways, making breathing much easier. All Qvar inhalers contain the active ingredient beclomethasone dipropionate, which is a corticosteroid.

Qvar's Aerosol inhaler is a standard inhaler device – when the metal canister is pressed down, the medicine is released as a spray. This requires that you time your inhalation correctly, so it is worth checking frequently with your GP or nurse to make sure that your technique is correct. The second option is the Qvar Autohaler. Once primed, this type of inhaler automatically releases the dosage when you inhale from the mouthpiece. This may be preferable for you if, for any reason, you find it difficult to coordinate pressing down the canister with inhaling. Both types of the inhaler are available in strengths of 50 or 100 micrograms. Your doctor will prescribe the strength appropriate for you.

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What is Qvar?

Qvar contains as active ingredient beclomethasone dipropionate, which belongs to the group of medicines called corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are used for the treatment of asthma since they have, among others, an anti-inflammatory action. They reduce the swelling and irritation in the walls of the small ducts through which air circulates in the lungs and thus facilitate breathing. Qvar is used to prevent asthma symptoms in people who need regular treatment. Corticosteroids also help prevent asthma attacks.

How does it work?

The active substance in Qvar is a corticosteroid, called beclomethasone dipropionate, which acts as a preventive. It reduces inflammation by restricting the action of chemicals released by the immune system, in reaction to irritants. These chemicals can lead to inflammation and contraction of the muscle walls in the airways, thereby reducing breathing capacity.

By inhibiting its ability, Qvar facilitates breathing and limits the development of mucus that causes obstruction in the respiratory tract.

What are the benefits of taking it?

Qvar is a preventive treatment for asthma, manufactured by Teva. It comes in an inhaler format, which is applied twice a day. Your doctor will prescribe the dose you should take depending on the severity of the symptoms.

How do I use it and its dosage?

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. If in doubt, consult your doctor or pharmacist again.

Remember to use your medicine.

Qvar should only be used by inhalation.

Your doctor will indicate the duration of your treatment with Qvar. Do not stop treatment earlier, even if you feel better unless your doctor tells you to or if your breathing worsens when you take the medicine. The usual recommended doses are as follows:

-Adults and children over 12 years:

The starting Qvar dosage for mild or moderate asthma is one inhalation (100 micrograms) twice a day. This dose can be increased to two inhalations (200 micrograms) twice a day.

For more severe asthma, your doctor may recommend up to four inhalations (400 micrograms) twice a day.

The maximum recommended dose is 800 micrograms a day.

-Children from 6 to 11 years old:

The dose must be established by the doctor and depending on the individual response of each patient. In general, half the recommended doses for adults are recommended (maximum 400 micrograms per day in two divided doses). Children should receive an initial dose of Qvar appropriate to the severity of their illness. The dose can then be adjusted until adequate control is achieved or reduced to the lowest effective dose based on individual response.

If you start using Qvar instead of, or at the same time as, oral steroids, you must carry a notice card that you are taking steroids until your doctor tells you that you no longer need it.

If you have difficulties or do not understand the instructions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

It may take several days before you notice the benefits of the medicine. It is very important that you use it regularly every day. Do not stop treatment even if you feel better unless your doctor tells you to, or you notice that your breathing worsens when you take the medicine.

Do not use this medication to treat a sudden attack of respiratory distress, it will not help. You will need a different kind of medicine.

Qvar is administered by inhalation. The correct handling of this medicine is decisive for the success of the treatment.

Before each application, the following guidelines will be observed:

  1. Remove the protective cover. If it is a new inhaler or it has not been used for a week, shake the container and press twice to ensure the proper functioning of the inhaler. If the inhaler is used regularly go to the following instructions:
  2. Shake the inhaler
  3. Remove as much air as possible from your lungs.
  4. Adapt the inhaler to your mouth according to the position indicated in the drawing.
  5. Take a deep breath as possible. You must press, according to the arrows in the drawing, the device while you are doing this inspiration.
  6. Take the inhaler out of your mouth and try to hold the air in your lungs for a few seconds and breathe out slowly.
  7. The plastic nozzle should be washed regularly. To do this, remove it from the spray and rinse it with plenty of water at least once a week. Before use, it must be dry. Do not wet the metal cartridge.
  8. Store with the protective cover in place to protect it from dust and dirt.
  9. It is recommended to rinse your mouth with water after each inhalation.

If you think that the action of Qvar is too strong or weak, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Side effects & precautions

Like all medicines, the Qvar inhaler can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The following Qvar side effects have been reported:

-Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people): candidiasis in the mouth and/or throat (thrush), hoarseness and/or throat irritation, taste changes.

-Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people): headache, vertigo, tremors, cough, increased asthma symptoms, nausea, hives, itching, pruritus, erythema, purpura.

-Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people): allergic reactions, angioedema in the eyes, throat, lips, and face, paradoxical bronchospasm.

-Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people): adrenal suppression, growth retardation in children, cataracts, glaucoma, decreased bone mineral density.

-Frequency not known (cannot be estimated from the available data): Psychomotor hyperactivity, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, aggression, changes in behavior (commonly in children), and blurred vision.

Buying Qvar online.

You can buy Qvar Inhaler online through one of the UK’s leading online pharmacies, Pharmacy Planet. It's easy and convenient. You will need to fill out a short assessment and the item will be delivered directly to your door. If you want to buy Asthma treatment medication online, use Pharmacy Planet, a UK pharmacy you can trust.
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