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Qvar is used in the prevention and control of the symptoms caused by asthma. Qvar contains the active ingredient beclomethasone, a corticosteroid.

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UK Meds asked our favorite doctor, Dr. Christian Jessen, to explain Asthma. Below is what he has to say.

Asthma is a long term health condition where those affected have overly-sensitive airways, and it can lead to serious difficulties when breathing. Inflammation and constriction of the airways cause them to get narrower, making it harder for air to pass through. This causes a typical asthma attack which left untreated can be potentially fatal.

Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, tightness around the chest and shortness of breath. Currently, there is no cure for asthma, but there are a wide range of treatments that can help. Reliever inhalers, which are usually blue, provide rapid relief by relaxing your airways. They should always be kept on you at all times in case of asthma attack and you should always have a spare inhaler on hand.

Preventer inhalers, which are usually colored brown, contain a low dose of steroids. They take affect over time to reduce the inflammation, sensitivity and swelling in your airways. Even if your symptoms don't seem serious, you should always use your preventer inhaler (if you have been advised to) to help keep an attack at bay.

UK Meds can prescribe many different types of inhalers, including Ventolin, Clenil Modulite, Bricanyl and more. Start your free consultation with GMC registered doctors today.

- Dr. Christian Jessen

The video and article above is for information purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose a condition or prescribe a medicine. If you have any specific concerns about your health, please consult your GP or use our online doctor's service. You can follow Dr. Christian Jessen online on his Twitter account.

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What is Qvar?

Qvar must be used on a regular basis to prevent breathing problems associated with asthma. It does not work immediately and should not be used as a relief for an asthma attack. If an asthma attack occurs, you should use a quick-relief inhaler prescribed by your doctor.

How does Qvar work?

Beclomethasone works directly in the lungs to make breathing easier by reducing the swelling and irritation of the airways.

Qvar is effective in making breathing easier by reducing the swelling and irritation of the airways. Beclomethasone effectively works in the lungs to reduce the swelling and irritation brought about by asthma attacks.

How do I use Qvar?

Follow the instructions of your doctor or the instructions provided for in the information leaflet that comes with the product package. Follow the illustrations on the proper use of this medication. If you have any questions or doubts, you can ask your doctor or your pharmacist.

The medication should be inhaled by mouth, usually twice a day or as directed by your doctor. The dosage of the medication shall be based on your age, medical condition, and your response to the therapy.

If your doctor prescribed two puffs of the medication, wait at least one minute before you take the second one. If you are using other inhalers at the same time, wait at least one minute between the use of each medication. This inhaler should be used last.

You can prevent hoarseness, dry mouth, and oral yeast infections from developing by rinsing and gargling your mouth with water after each use. Spit out the water after rinsing.

Record the number of inhalations you have taken. The canister indicates the number of inhalations you could take from it. Discard the canister when you used all of them even if you feel that there is remaining medication in it. Do not wash your inhaler or put any part of it submerged in water.

In order to get the full benefit of this medication, use it on a regular basis. Use it at the same times of each day in order for you not to forget to take your dose. Do not increase your dose of the medication or use this drug more often or for longer than what your doctor prescribed. Doing so will not improve your condition any faster. You will only increase your risk of side effects.

Do not stop your use of this medication without the approval of your doctor. Your condition may get worse when you suddenly stop using the medication. If you have to stop using the medication, your doctor will ask you to gradually decrease your dose.

This medication may begin to work within 24 hours. However, it may 3 weeks or more before you can feel the full benefit of this medication. Tell your doctor if your symptoms persist or they get worse.

Qvar should be inhaled by mouth twice a day. Your doctor may prescribe a different dose for you based on your age, your medical condition, and your response to the therapy.

Side effects & precautions

Your doctor prescribed this medication because he deemed that the benefits to you will outweigh the risks of possible side effects. Not everyone who will use this medication will experience the possible side effects.

When you use Qvar, a dry or sore throat, a bad taste in the mouth, hoarseness, a headache, or changes in your voice may occur. If you observe any of these side effects persist, you should immediately get in touch with your GP.

In some cases, this medication may cause a severe and sudden worsening of your breathing problems. If you experience a sudden worsening of your breathing, use a quick-relief inhaler and immediately seek medical attention.

The use of this medication may weaken your immune system and your ability to fight infections. If you already have an infection when you start taking this medication, your infection could worsen.

The repeated or prolonged use of this medication may result in the development of oral thrush, a yeast infection. Immediately contact your doctor if you notice white patches on your mouth or tongue.

Immediately tell your GP if you experience any of these serious side effects: vision problem, unusual tiredness, easy bruising, mental or mood change, unusual hair growth, muscle weakness or pain, slow healing of the wound, or increased thirst or urination.

Although extremely rare, a serious allergic reaction to this medicine may occur. If you notice rash, itching or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, trouble breathing or severe dizziness, immediately seek emergency medical help.

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to beclomethasone, or if you have any form of allergy. This medication may contain inactive ingredients that could trigger an allergic reaction.

Tell your doctor your medical history before you start taking this medication.

Before having surgery, tell your healthcare professional that you are using Qvar.

Beclomethasone may mask the signs of infection. It can also worsen your current infection. Avoid spreading or getting an infection from other people by always washing your hands.

Beclomethasone may cause vaccines not to be effective. Do not receive any immunisation while you are still using this medication.

Corticosteroids may slow down the growth of children. However, poorly controlled asthma will have the same result. Ask a doctor to monitor the growth of your child who is using this medication.

Qvar should be used only when required during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, discuss first with your GP the benefits and risks before you start using Qvar.

It is not known if Qvar passes into the breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding if you are currently using Qvar.

Drug interactions may change how your medication works, or it may increase your risks for serious side effects. It is essential that you share with your doctor a list of all the medicines you are taking or have recently taken before you start using Qvar.

Some products may interact with this medication. Ask your doctor to check the interaction of your other medicines with Qvar.

Qvar may interfere with some laboratory test. Inform the laboratory technician that you are taking Qvar before you do some lab works.

How do I buy Qvar online?

You can safely buy Qvar online at UK Meds. You will need first to have an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order of Qvar will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Qvar is the right medication for your medical condition.