Qvar Easi-Breathe is a preventative treatment for asthma, made by Teva. It is provided in the form of an inhaler, which is applied twice a day. The dosage you use will be determined by your prescriber and depend on whether you have mild, moderate or severe symptoms.
- Smoother quality than other inhalers
- Available in two different strengths
- Easily applied twice a day
Asthma is a chronic condition which is thought to affect around 5 million people in the UK. The main symptoms are tightness around the chest, wheezing, coughing and often shortness of breath. These symptoms may occur the most either first thing in the morning or late at night, and be made worse by the presence of pollutants or allergens in the air.
Symptoms can also manifest in the form of an ‘attack’, which can come about gradually or occur very suddenly, and involve more severe and intense breathlessness and coughing, and an increased heart rate. It’s a good idea to consult your GP if you can feel an asthma attack developing; particularly if your inhaler is not working as well as it normally does.
When it comes to medicines for asthma, there are three main types: reliever treatments, which reduce symptoms during periods of activity; preventer treatments, which decrease general inflammation and lower the risk of episodes; or combination medicines which do both.
The active ingredient in Qvar Easi-Breathe is a corticosteroid, called beclometasone dipropionate, which works as a preventer. It reduces inflammation by restricting the action of chemicals released by the immune system, often as a reaction to environmental irritants. These chemicals can lead to the inflammation and tightening of muscle walls in the airways, and reduce breathing capacity.
By inhibiting their activity, Qvar facilitates easier breathing and limits the buildup of obstructing mucus in the respiratory tract.
We do not offer this treatment through our pharmacy service at this time. To be prescribed asthma treatment, we would advise that you arrange a face-to-face consultation with your doctor.
Always ensure you adhere to the instructions provided with the medicine, and by your prescriber. Doing so will enable you to get the very best out of your treatment, and reduce the risk of potential side effects.
- Take as prescribed by your doctor.
- Depending on the severity or nature of your symptoms, this may be one, two or four puffs, twice a day
- Apply by unscrewing the fitting on top of the canister, and opening the cap covering the mouthpiece.
- Fire two test shots into the air, by pressing down on the canister.
- Breathe out as much as you comfortably can.
- Insert the mouthpiece and, while not covering the air holes on top, fire the canister and inhale at the same time.
- Hold your breath for ten seconds or for as close to this duration as you can.
- Exhale slowly.
- If you are taking more than one puff, wait for one minute before repeating this process.
- Do not exceed the dose prescribed.
Before taking this treatment, you should refer to the guidelines set out in the patient information leaflet.
As this medicine contains corticosteroids, it may cause side effects in some users. You should make yourself aware of what these are prior to use, so that if you experience anything unusual, you can get the medical attention you require.
Let your doctor know right away if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, worsening of asthma symptoms, abdominal pain, weakness or vomiting.
Hoarseness, throat infection, nausea, dizziness, headaches, tremor, respiratory problems, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, or coughing.
This is not a complete account of the side effects associated with this treatment. A more detailed list can be located in the patient information leaflet.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your prescriber know if you are using any other medicines during consultation. Qvar may interact with or affect the performance of: disulfiram or metronidazole.
Conditions to look out for
Your prescriber may choose not to issue this medicine if you have: tuberculosis, or have had it previously; a worsening case of asthma; or an intolerance to alcohol. Disclose your medical history to your doctor before using this product.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before using this product.
Driving and using machinery
This inhaler is not known to interfere with driving or machine using capabilities.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. Alcohol is not thought to affect how Qvar functions.
Will I still be able to drive?
Qvar should not impair your ability to drive. However, the presence of any side effects which may make it difficult to do so will necessitate that you do not drive and seek medical attention.
Can I use this medicine while pregnant?
You should speak to your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
How do I store it?
Keep it in a cool dry place, away from sources of direct sunlight, and make sure the canister does not become damaged or pierced.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Qvar contains the following ingredients, and you should not use it if you are unable to tolerate or allergic to any of these: beclometasone dipropionate, propellent HFA-134a (norflurane) and ethanol anhydrous.
Is it available over-the-counter?
No. You can only get Qvar with a prescription.
Is it right for me?
You can find out more about the different asthma treatments available and which one is best for you by talking to your doctor or respiratory nurse. They will initiate a prescription if required following a review of your condition.
Please note that this item is not available through our pharmacy at present.
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