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Qvar RediHaler (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA)

Reviewed by: HU Medical Review Board | Last reviewed: June 2023

Qvar® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) is an inhaled corticosteroid. It is used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children over age 4.1

Qvar comes as a RediHaler. It is used as a maintenance treatment for bronchial asthma and should not be used for the relief of an acute asthma attack.1

How does Qvar RediHaler work?

Qvar RediHaler is a corticosteroid that helps reduce airway inflammation. Corticosteroids have a wide range of anti-inflammatory effects on multiple cell types involved in the large and small airways that can trigger asthma.1

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Your doctor may prescribe short-acting bronchodilators like albuterol for emergency relief of an acute asthma attack.1

What are the ingredients in QVAR RediHaler?

The active ingredient in Qvar RediHaler is beclomethasone dipropionate HFA.1

What are the possible side effects?

The most common side effects of Qvar RediHaler include:1

  • Yeast infection in the mouth
  • Cold symptoms
  • Throat pain
  • Pain or swelling in your nose and throat
  • Sinus irritation
  • Hay fever

These are not all the possible side effects of Qvar RediHaler. Talk to your doctor about what to expect when taking Qvar RediHaler. You also should call your doctor if you have any changes that concern you when taking Qvar RediHaler.

Other things to know

Before starting treatment with Qvar RediHaler, tell your doctor if you:1

  • Have been exposed to chickenpox or measles
  • Have weak bones (osteoporosis)
  • Have immune system problems
  • Have or have had eye problems like blurred vision, increased pressure in your eye (glaucoma), or cataracts

There is not enough data to know if Qvar RediHaler is safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding. Before taking Qvar, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.1

Before beginning treatment for asthma, tell your doctor about all your health conditions and any other drugs, vitamins, or supplements you are taking. This includes over-the-counter drugs.

For more information, read the full prescribing information of Qvar RediHaler.