Qvar (Beclomethasone) Aerosol 50mcg/100mcg

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  • Preventative Asthma Treatment
  • Active Ingredient: Beclomethasone
  • Reduces And Prevents Swelling And Inflammation In The Lungs
  • Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
  • Includes Free Prescription

Known as a “preventer” inhaler, this corticosteroid (or steroid) medication, Qvar (Beclomethasone) Aerosol can be used to control symptoms of mild, moderate or severe Asthma. The active ingredient, beclomethasone dipropionate works by decreasing inflammation, swelling and irritation of the airways to make breathing easier. 

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Asthma

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.

It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.

There’s currently no cure, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control so it doesn’t have a big impact on your life.

Symptoms
The main symptoms of asthma are:

wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)
breathlessness
a tight chest, which may feel like a band is tightening around it
coughing
The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

Your GP will usually be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple tests.

Asthma self-assessment tool

Treatments
Asthma is usually treated by using an inhaler, a small device that lets you breathe in medicines.

The main types are:

reliever inhalers – used when needed to quickly relieve asthma symptoms for a short time
preventer inhalers – used every day to prevent asthma symptoms occurring
Some people also need to take tablets.

To get the most benefit from your inhaler ensure you technuique is correct by using the Inhaler technique guide.

Causes and triggers
Asthma is caused by swelling (inflammation) of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. This makes the tubes highly sensitive, so they temporarily narrow.

It may occur randomly or after exposure to a trigger. Common asthma triggers include:

allergies – to house dust mites, animal fur or pollen, for example
smoke, pollution and cold air
exercise
infections like colds or flu
Identifying and avoiding your asthma triggers can help you keep your symptoms under control.

Complications
Although asthma can normally be kept under control, it’s still a serious condition that can cause a number of problems.

This is why it’s so important to follow your treatment plan and not ignore your symptoms if they’re getting worse.

Badly controlled asthma can cause problems such as:

feeling tired all the time
underperformance at or absence from work or school
stress, anxiety or depression
disruption of your work and leisure because of unplanned visits to your GP or hospital
lung infections (pneumonia)
delays in growth or puberty in children
There’s also a risk of severe asthma attacks, which can be life-threatening.

Medication

Product Description

How does it work?

Qvar is a powerful medicine that contains beclomethasone, a corticosteroid medication used as a preventative for asthma.
It works deep in the lungs to make breathing easier by reducing the inflammation, swelling and irritation in the airways.
Qvar Aerosol is used to prevent the symptoms of mild, moderate, or severe asthma, in patients who require regular treatment.

This inhaler will not give immediate relief of wheezing or breathlessness during a sudden asthma attack.
You will need to use a ‘reliever’ inhaler, which contains a different medicine. You should still continue
to use this inhaler.

For more information about Asthma, click here.

How use use Qvar?

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.

This inhaler has a softer feel and a different taste than other inhalers you may have used before. This inhaler
is an extra fine aerosol which results in more of each dose being delivered to your lungs. Your doctor may,
therefore, prescribe a lower dose of this inhaler than your previously used inhaler.

Number of doses

The usual number of puffs to take is:
Qvar 50 Aerosol
Adults (including the elderly) and children over 12 years

– Mild Asthma
The starting dose is one puff twice a day, however this can increase to two puffs, twice per day.
– Moderate Asthma
The starting dose is two puffs twice a day, however this can increase to four puffs, twice per day.
– Severe Asthma
The starting dose is four puffs twice a day, however this can increase to eight puffs, twice per day.
The maximum dose is a total of sixteen puffs a day.

Qvar 100 Aerosol
Adults (including the elderly) and children over 12 years

– Mild Asthma
The Qvar 100 Aerosol device is not suitable for the starting dose. It is suitable for an increased dose of
one puff twice a day.
– Moderate Asthma
The starting dose is one puff twice a day, however this can increase to two puffs, twice per day.
– Severe Asthma
The starting dose is two puffs twice a day, however this can increase to four puffs, twice per day.
The maximum dose is a total of eight puffs a day.
Use in children under 12 years
Qvar Aerosol is not recommended for use in children under 12 years.

What to do if you think your treatment is not working?
If you think your usual treatment is not working, for example your symptoms are not getting better, or your peak flow falls, please tell your doctor as your asthma may be getting worse.

See our other Asthma products, here.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

If immediately after taking a puff of this inhaler, you feel wheezy or tight chested do not take any
more puffs. Use your reliever inhaler to help your breathing and contact your doctor immediately.

Stop using your inhaler and tell your doctor immediately or go to the casualty department at your nearest hospital if the following happens:
• an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, face or neck leading to severe difficulty in breathing; skin rash or hives).
This is a very serious but rare side effect. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.

Treatment with Qvar Aerosol may affect the normal production of corticosteroids in the body. Keep using your inhaler but see your doctor as soon as possible if you become unwell, particularly with any of the following:
• abdominal pain
• weakness
• vomiting.

This is especially important if you have been exposed to other stress such as other illness, surgery, or infection.

In addition, the following side effects have been reported for high doses, taken for prolonged periods:
• bone thinning
• clouding of the lens of the eye (cataract) resulting in blurred vision
• loss of vision due to abnormally high pressure in the eye.

The following side effects may also occur in patients taking beclometasone dipropionate. If you experience any of these effects, keep using your inhaler but see your doctor if they last for a while or they are worrying you:
• hoarseness
• difficulty in swallowing accompanied by earache and swollen glands, sore throat (pharyngitis)
• a sore mouth or thrush (white spots in your mouth and throat). These are less likely if you rinse your mouth out with water after using your inhaler. If you get thrush your doctor may recommend a medicine to treat you
• feeling sick
• headache
• feeling dizzy or faint
• tremor
• change in taste
• difficulty in breathing, increase in wheezing, shortness of breath and cough (bronchospasm)
• sleeping problems, depression or feeling worried, restless, nervous, over-excited or irritable.

These effects are more likely to occur in children (Frequency not known).
• Blurred vision (uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)) Children or adolescents who are using the inhaler for a prolonged period may grow more slowly. Your doctor may therefore wish to monitor the height of a child receiving prolonged treatment with Qvar Aerosol.

Reporting of side effects
If you get side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.

You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Patient information leaflet

Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required

Inhaler technique guidance