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Qvar Inhaler & Autohaler (50 & 100)

Qvar Inhaler & Autohaler (50 & 100)

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About Qvar Inhaler & Autohaler (50 & 100)

Qvar Inhaler and Autoinhaler are your standard "brown" asthma preventers containing the corticosteroid, beclometasone dipropionate. Typical use involves a dose in the morning and evening to decrease inflammation in the lungs to prevent asthma attacks.

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  • Maximums per order:
    Qvar 100 Inhaler1
    Qvar 100 Autohaler2
    Qvar 50 Inhaler1
    Qvar 50 Autohaler2
  • Consultation required?Yes
    This treatment requires an online consultation for review by our medical team. The decision to supply the specific treatment and quantity requested will be based on whether our medical team are satisfied that it will be safe, appropriate, and effective.

Qvar Summary

Type of medicineinhaled corticosteroid
Works byReducing inflamation in the lungs to treat asthma
Active ingredientbeclometasone dipropionate
Strength50 & 100 micrograms
Effective within1 - 2 days
Pack size200 actuations
ManufacturerTeva UK Limited
Use with alcoholNo known issue

We stock 4 different variants of Qvar Inhaler & Autohaler (50 & 100)

Qvar Inhaler & Autohaler (50 & 100) information

  • What is Qvar and what is it used for?

    Qvar inhalers are a preventative everyday treatment for the symptoms of asthma. These inhalers will help to control your asthma and prevent future attacks from occurring. Two varieties of Qvar inhalers are available: the Aerosol Inhaler and the Autohaler. They work by reducing inflammation within the airways, making breathing much easier. All Qvar inhalers contain the active ingredient beclomethasone dipropionate, which is a corticosteroid.

    Qvar's Aerosol inhaler is a standard inhaler device – when the metal canister is pressed down, the medicine is released as a spray. This requires that you time your inhalation correctly, so it is worth checking frequently with your GP or nurse to make sure that your technique is correct.

    The second option is the Qvar Autohaler. Once primed, this type of inhaler automatically releases the dosage when you inhale from the mouthpiece. This may be preferable for you if, for any reason, you find it difficult to coordinate pressing down the canister with inhaling. Both types of the inhaler are available in strengths of 50 or 100 micrograms. Your doctor will prescribe the strength appropriate for you.

    Qvar Inhalers and Autohalers are available to purchase from The Independent Pharmacy, following a free consultation, to help control asthma in those who have been previously diagnosed with the condition.

    What is asthma?

    Asthma affects over five million people in The United Kingdom. The condition is characterised by an inflammation of the bronchi (the tubes connecting the windpipe to the lungs). This swelling causes the airway passages to contract, which also increases the production of phlegm. This will further obstruct the airways, leading to symptoms such as; coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath.

    How do Qvar inhalers work?

    Preventer inhalers, such as Qvar, reduce the inflammation that can lead to an asthma attack. Once the active corticosteroid, beclomethasone dipropionate, enters the lungs, it stops cells in the area from producing the chemicals that cause inflammation. When used every day, Qvar inhalers will effectively manage the inflammation of the airways, reducing your risk of an asthma attack. You should continue to use Qvar inhalers even if your symptoms improve, to prevent your breathing problems from returning.

    Importantly, preventer inhalers will not treat asthma immediately. This product will not provide relief from an asthma attack. For this reason, you should always carry a reliever inhaler as well. You will likely be prescribed a Qvar inhaler alongside a reliever inhaler, in order to effectively control your asthmatic symptoms.

    Alternatives to Qvar

    Asthma is not a condition that can be effectively treated with over the counter medications. If you are looking for another treatment or wanting to swap inhalers you will need to broach this subject with your GP at your regular asthma review. Please do not 'Try' a new inhaler without seeing your GP first.

    We recommend you have a regular check-up with your regular GP to ensure your inhalers are still keeping your asthma controlled and are still the best course for you.


  • Qvar Warnings

    Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

    Before using a Qvar inhaler, inform your doctor if you have:

    • A lung infection
    • A cold or chest infection
    • A liver disorder
    • Any history of tuberculosis.

    Inform your doctor if you are taking or intend to take Disulfiram or Metronidazole.

    Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

  • How to use Qvar Inhalers

    Qvar Aerosol Inhaler:

    1. Remove the cap from the mouthpiece
    2. Hold the device vertically and shake it up and down
    3. Exhale deeply, then place your lips around the mouthpiece
    4. Press down on the top of the inhaler as you begin to inhale
    5. Remove the device from your lips, while holding your breath as long as is comfortable
    6. Exhale slowly

    Further instructions are available in the Product Information Leaflet.

    Qvar Autohaler:

    1. Remove the cap from the mouthpiece
    2. Shake the device up and down (ensure the lever is in the ‘down’ position)
    3. Hold the inhaler vertically and push the lever ‘up’
    4. Exhale deeply, then place your lips tight around the mouthpiece
    5. Inhale deeply from the mouthpiece
    6. Remove the device from your lips, while holding your breath for at least ten seconds
    7. Exhale slowly
    8. Return the lever to the ‘down’ position

    Further instructions are available in the Product Information Leaflet.

    Each of these inhalers is most effective if used daily. You will likely be instructed to use your inhaler twice per day. Your doctor will advise you on the ideal dosage. This table provides a general guide on how many puffs to take, based on the strength of your inhaler and the severity of your asthma.



    Mild asthma

    1-2 puffs

    1-2 puffs

    Moderate asthma

    2-4 puffs

    1-2 puffs

    Severe asthma

    4-8 puffs

    2-4 puffs

    If you are taking more than eight puffs per day from a 50mcg inhaler (or four puffs per day from a 100mcg inhaler), check with your GP to see if there is a better available treatment for your asthma.

  • Qvar Ingredients

    The active ingredient contained in Qvar inhalers is beclomethasone dipropionate.

    Qvar inhalers also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

    Propellant HFA-134a and ethanol.

    The amount in one puff of this medicine is equivalent to less than 1ml beer or 1 ml wine. The small amount of alcohol in this medicine will not have any noticeable effects.

    Qvar inhalers do not contain chlorofluorocarbon propellants; this is replaced by propellant HFA-134a.

  • Qvar Inhalers Side Effects

    Not everyone will experience side effects when they use a Qvar inhaler, however, if you do they can include:

    • Allergic reactions (including rash, eczema or sneezing)
    • Thrush (fungal infection) in the throat or mouth
    • Sore throat
    • Headaches
    • Nausea
    • Tremors

    If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Qvar Inhaler & Autohaler (50 & 100) reviews

Qvar Inhaler & Autohaler (50 & 100) FAQs

  • There are two types of inhaler: preventers and relievers. All Qvar inhalers are preventers; they are used daily to control inflammation in the airways, which reduces the risk of an asthma attack occurring. They will not provide relief from an asthma attack.

    Reliever inhalers treat asthma attacks and are used only when necessary. Reliever inhalers include Ventolin, Salamol, and Airomir.

  • The active ingredient starts to work immediately, and you will likely notice an improvement in your breathing problems within one week of daily use.

  • No – do not switch between inhalers such as Clenil, Pulmicort, and Qvar.

    Because they have slightly different active ingredients, your treatment will not be effective, and your risk of side effects will increase.

  • It’s simple!

    Just select ‘Start Consultation’ next to the product above, or on the links below.

    You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Qvar inhalers to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.

  • Qvar inhalers are a prescription-only asthma treatment. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 2 inhalers at one time.

    This allows us to balance offering our patients an adequate supply of treatment with regular checks on their condition, symptoms, and effectiveness of treatment. This model ensures the perfect mix of convenience with optimal health and safety.

    If you have no adverse effects and your asthma is well controlled, you can log in and easily re-order another supply.

  • The active ingredient in Qvar inhalers is beclomethasone dipropionate. The amount present in each inhalation will vary according to the strength of the inhaler.

    The medicine also contains inactive ingredients that are used to make up the inhalation – for more details please see the ‘Ingredients’ tab above.

  • The beclomethasone contained in the inhaler reduces inflammation in the lungs. This makes it easier for you to breathe and reduces your risk of an asthma attack.

  • Yes – we understand that sometimes you will want your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Qvar inhalers are available for next-day delivery.

  • Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Qvar inhalers online.

    The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.

  • There are many advantages to buying asthma treatments online, some include:

    • It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
    • Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
    • Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
    • A wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Qvar inhalers and other asthma treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
  • Qvar inhalers are available on the NHS from your GP if you have been diagnosed with asthma, exercise-induced wheezing or breathing problems due to allergens. This is normally where we suggest people start their treatment, to ensure that their condition is properly diagnosed and any possible serious symptoms are addressed.

    Many people can find it difficult to fit in time to see their GP or hard to get an appointment at all! It can, therefore, be more convenient to order your treatment online and have it delivered to your home or work address with minimum fuss. We also provide complete support to allow you to get any questions answered by our professional team by phone, email or live chat.

    Here at The Independent Pharmacy, we take the headache out of getting asthma treatment.

  • If you have been diagnosed by your own doctor as suffering from asthma and it is being well controlled with inhalers, you can buy repeat supplies online from The Independent Pharmacy. You will need ot have been using the inhalers for 3 months have had a regular asthma review within the last 6 months and only be ordering the inhaler you are currently using. If any of these conditions has changed then you would need to see your regular doctor for a check up first.

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