Qvar Redihaler (Beclomethasone Dipropionate)
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QVAR RediHaler (Beclomethasone Dipropionate HFA Inhalation Aerosol) Medication Information
QVAR RediHaler is an inhaled prescription medicine used to prevent and control asthma in adults and children (age 4 and older).
With asthma, the airways in the lungs become inflamed and narrow. Asthma usually starts during childhood, and symptoms may come and go over time. Symptoms of asthma include:
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (squeaky or whistling sounds while breathing)
Certain triggers (cold air, exercise) can cause a sudden worsening of symptoms known as an asthma attack. People with asthma should always carry a rescue inhaler in case of an asthma attack. QVAR RediHaler is NOT a rescue inhaler.
QVAR RediHaler is a controller inhaler, which helps to prevent asthma attacks. QVAR RediHaler contains beclomethasone dipropionate, a steroid that helps to decrease inflammation in the lungs.
QVAR RediHaler comes in two strengths: 40 mcg and 80 mcg. Each inhalation contains either 40 mcg or 80 mcg of the active ingredient beclomethasone dipropionate.
QVAR RediHaler is a breath-actuated inhaler. This means the medication comes out when you breathe it in through the mouthpiece. There is no button.
Your doctor will decide the dosage that is best for you. QVAR RediHaler works to control asthma symptoms, but its effects only last for 12 hours. That’s why it’s essential to use QVAR RediHaler two times a day, precisely as directed by your doctor.
QVAR RediHaler may not be safe for everyone with asthma. Before using QVAR RediHaler, be sure to tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Exposure to chickenpox or measles
- Tuberculosis or possible untreated infection of any kind
- Immune system problem
- Cataracts or other eye problems
- Pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- Breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
- Previous allergic reaction to QVAR RediHaler or any of its ingredients
Some of the most common side effects of QVAR RediHaler are:
- Thrush (yeast infection in the mouth)*
- Common cold symptoms (sneezing, runny or stuffy nose)
- Sore throat
- Sinus irritation
*After taking your prescribed inhalations of QVAR Redihaler, rinse your mouth with water (and spit it out) to prevent thrush side effects.
These are not all of the possible side effects of QVAR RediHaler. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Some medications may increase the risk of side effects with QVAR RediHaler. These include medicines that weaken the immune system.
Talk with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medications with QVAR RediHaler.
Keep QVAR RediHaler at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C). The contents are pressurized and could burst if punctured or exposed to extreme heat or flames.
- Do not shake QVAR RediHaler before use or attach to a spacer device.
- A helpful video is available to show you how to use QVAR RediHaler.
- Do not get QVAR RediHaler wet or submerge in water. Clean the mouthpiece weekly with a dry cloth or tissue
QVAR RediHaler FAQs
Can I use QVAR RediHaler for an asthma attack?
No. QVAR RediHaler is NOT a rescue inhaler and will not immediately relieve asthma attack symptoms (chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing).
Can I use QVAR RediHaler with albuterol?
Yes. There are no drug interactions between QVAR RediHaler and albuterol. Take each inhaled medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
How long does it take for QVAR RediHaler to work?
Some people notice improvement within 24 hours of starting QVAR RediHaler, but it can take one to two weeks for others. The full benefit of QVAR RediHaler usually takes 3 to 4 weeks of consistent treatment.
- QVAR RediHaler Prescribing Information. Waterford, Ireland: Teva Respiratory, LLC; 2018. https://www.qvar.com/globalassets/qvar/qvar-redihaler-pi.pdf, Accessed December 2, 2020.
- Asthma. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; 2020. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/asthma, Accessed December 2, 2020.
Author: Dr. Patricia Weiser, PharmD
Patricia Weiser, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist and medical writer. She has clinical experience in community and hospital pharmacy. Patricia is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.