Qvar® (beclomethasone inhaler) is a medication that is available by prescription to help prevent asthma attacks. It comes in an inhaler and is available in two different strengths.
The Qvar inhaler works by decreasing inflammation of the airways. Because the medicine does not work quickly, it should not be used for treating an asthma attack. Rather, it is used twice a day in order to prevent asthma attacks.
In clinical studies, people using this drug had improvements in breathing and asthma symptoms, compared to those not taking it. These studies also showed that people already taking oral steroids for asthma were able to decrease or eliminate their oral steroid when they began using the Qvar inhaler.
(Click Qvar to learn how to use the inhaler, for information on what side effects may occur with this medication, and to find out what you should be aware of before starting treatment.)