Qvar

DRUG DESCRIPTION

The active component of QVAR (beclomethasone dipropionate hfa) 40 mcg Inhalation Aerosol and QVAR 80 mcg Inhalation Aerosol is beclomethasone dipropionate, USP, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid having the chemical name 9-chloro-11?,17,21-trihydroxy-16??­methylpregna-1,4-diene-3, 20-dione 17,21-dipropionate. Beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) is a diester of beclomethasone, a synthetic corticosteroid chemically related to dexamethasone. Beclomethasone differs from dexamethasone in having a chlorine at the 9-alpha carbon in place of a fluorine, and in having a 16 beta-methyl group instead of a 16 alpha-methyl group. Beclomethasone dipropionate is a white to creamy white, odorless powder with a molecular formula of C28H37ClO7 and a molecular weight of 521.1. Its chemical structure is:

QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate) Structural Formula Illustration

QVAR (beclomethasone dipropionate hfa) is a pressurized, metered-dose aerosol intended for oral inhalation only. Each unit contains a solution of beclomethasone dipropionate in propellant HFA-134a (1,1,1,2 tetrafluoroethane) and ethanol. QVAR 40 mcg delivers 40 mcg of beclomethasone dipropionate from the actuator and 50 mcg from the valve. QVAR 80 mcg delivers 80 mcg of beclomethasone dipropionate from the actuator and 100 mcg from the valve. Both products deliver 50 microliters (59 milligrams) of solution formulation from the valve with each actuation. Each canister provides 100 inhalations. QVAR (beclomethasone dipropionate hfa) should be "primed" or actuated twice prior to taking the first dose from a new canister, or when the inhaler has not been used for more than ten days. Avoid spraying in the eyes or face while priming QVAR (beclomethasone dipropionate hfa) . This product does not contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

What are the possible side effects of beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • weakness, tired feeling, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss;
  • wheezing or breathing problems after using this medication;
  • skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially...

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What are the precautions when taking beclomethasone dipropionate hfa (Qvar)?

See also Warning section.

Before using beclomethasone inhalation, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you are allergic to other corticosteroids (e.g., budesonide, fluticasone, prednisone, dexamethasone); or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: an asthma attack, a certain lung problem (e.g., moderate/severe bronchiectasis), untreated infections of the lungs (e.g., tuberculosis, positive tuberculosis test, fungus, bacteria).

Though unlikely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into your bloodstream, especially at higher doses. This may result in worsening of certain conditions. Before...

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SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, or unpleasant taste in the mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: increased cough, tight feeling in the chest, dizziness, lightheadedness, shakiness, nervousness, hoarse voice, white/sore patches in the mouth or throat, white discharge from the vagina, vaginal itching/burning, heartburn, changes in appetite, constipation, gas, menstrual period changes (e.g., delayed/irregular/absent periods), stomach/abdominal pain, back pain, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, unusual weight gain, swelling of the ankles/feet, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, mood swings, agitation), fever, persistent sore throat, frequent/painful urination, eye pain/discharge, earache, cough, vision changes.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US you may report side effects to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at 1-800-FDA-1088. In Canada, you may call Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.

Before using beclomethasone inhalation, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you are allergic to other corticosteroids (e.g., budesonide, fluticasone, prednisone, dexamethasone); or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: an asthma attack, a certain lung problem (e.g., moderate/severe bronchiectasis), untreated infections of the lungs (e.g., tuberculosis, positive tuberculosis test, fungus, bacteria).

Though unlikely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into your bloodstream, especially at higher doses. This may result in worsening of certain conditions. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: untreated active fungal infections, certain eye diseases (cataracts, glaucoma, herpes of the eye), certain heart problems (e.g., congestive heart failure), high blood pressure, severe liver disease (cirrhosis), kidney disease, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), diabetes, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., diverticulitis, ulcer, ulcerative colitis), brittle bones (osteoporosis), certain muscle/nerve problems (e.g., myasthenia gravis), current infections (e.g., other herpes), HIV, inactive infections (e.g., Ameba, Toxoplasma, Cryptococcus), bleeding problems, history of blood clots, certain mental/mood conditions (e.g., psychosis, anxiety, depression), low salts in the blood (e.g., low potassium or calcium).

This drug may rarely make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have taken it within the last 12 months.

Do not have immunizations, vaccinations, or skin tests unless specifically directed by your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine or flu vaccine inhaled through the nose.

Avoid exposure to chickenpox or measles infection while taking this medication unless you have previously had these infections (e.g., in childhood). If you are exposed to either of these infections and you have not previously had them, seek immediate medical attention.

If you have diabetes, this drug may rarely make it harder to control your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar levels regularly as directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your anti-diabetic medication or diet may need to be adjusted.

Caution is advised when using this drug in children because there is a slight risk that it may temporarily slow down a child's growth rate, but this will probably not affect final adult height. Though this effect is rare with inhaled steroids such as beclomethasone, monitor your child's height regularly.

This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. There have been rare reports of harm to the unborn baby when the mother was taking other corticosteroids. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Infants born to mothers who have been using high doses of beclomethasone for an extended time may have hormone problems. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice symptoms such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn.

It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


Qvar Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Qvar

Generic Name: beclomethasone inhalation (Pronunciation: be kloe METH a sone)

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What is beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?

Beclomethasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Beclomethasone inhalation is used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun.

Beclomethasone may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • weakness, tired feeling, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss;
  • wheezing or breathing problems after using this medication;
  • skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist);
  • worsening asthma symptoms.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • dryness in your mouth, nose, or throat;
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
  • stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, cough; or
  • hoarseness or deepened voice.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?

Do not use beclomethasone inhalation to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough to reverse your symptoms. Use another, faster-acting inhalation medication to treat an asthma attack.

Contact your doctor if your asthma symptoms do not improve after using beclomethasone inhalation for 2 weeks.

Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack. Your dosage needs may also change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack.

If you were switched from an oral (taken by mouth) steroid to beclomethasone inhalation, you may need to go back to taking the oral medicine if you are under stress or have an asthma attack or other medical emergency. Carry an identification card or wear a medical alert ID to let others know that you may need an oral steroid in an emergency.

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