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Qvar (Beclomethasone Dipropionate Inhalation) - Summary



The active component of QVAR 40 mcg Inhalation Aerosol and QVAR 80 mcg Inhalation Aerosol is beclomethasone dipropionate, USP, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid having the chemical name 9-chloro-11(beta),17,21-trihydroxy-16(beta)-methylpregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione 17,21-dipropionate.

QVAR is indicated in the maintenance treatment of asthma as prophylactic therapy in patients 5 years of age and older. QVAR is also indicated for asthma patients who require systemic corticosteroid administration, where adding QVAR may reduce or eliminate the need for the systemic corticosteroids.

Beclomethasone dipropionate is NOT indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm.

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Media Articles Related to Qvar (Beclomethasone Inhalation)

An Asthma Action Plan Decision Support Tool in an EHR
Source: Medscape Allergy & Clinical Immunology Headlines [2015.07.21]
An asthma action plan decision support tool within the EHR provides evidence-based guidelines for providers at the point of care, while creating individualized instructional handouts for patients.
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine

Aerobic Exercise Helpful for Asthma
Source: Medscape Allergy & Clinical Immunology Headlines [2015.07.20]
People with moderate to severe asthma who add aerobic exercise to their treatment regimen may have an easier time controlling common symptoms than people who rely on drugs alone, a small study suggests.
Reuters Health Information

Blood Lipid Profile Tied to Childhood Asthma and Bronchial Responsiveness
Source: Medscape Allergy & Clinical Immunology Headlines [2015.07.20]
Blood lipid profiles are associated with childhood asthma, airway obstruction, bronchial responsiveness, and aeroallergen sensitization, researchers from Denmark report.
Reuters Health Information

Emissions have declined, but sulfur dioxide air pollutant still a concern for asthmatics
Source: Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today [2015.07.17]
Emissions of the air pollutant sulfur dioxide have been dramatically decreased during the past 30 years but for some people even a little inhaled sulfur dioxide may still be too much.

UC Davis study guides efforts to find new strategies, solutions to fight pediatric asthma
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2015.06.29]
Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to the high pediatric asthma rates in California, say UC Davis pediatricians Ulfat...

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Published Studies Related to Qvar (Beclomethasone Inhalation)

Randomised clinical trial: preventive treatment with topical rectal beclomethasone dipropionate reduces post-radiation risk of bleeding in patients irradiated for prostate cancer. [2011.09]
BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy is an established treatment modality for prostate cancer; however, up to a third of patients develops a radiation-induced proctopathy. AIM: To assess the effect of topical beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) in the prevention of radiation-induced proctopathy in patients undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer through a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial... CONCLUSIONS: Preventive treatment with topical rectal BDP during radiotherapy for prostate cancer significantly reduces the risk of rectal bleeding and radiation-induced mucosal changes and improves patient's quality of life, but does not influence other radiation-induced symptoms. (c) 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Effect of Beclomethasone Nasal Spray on Intraocular Pressure in Ocular Hypertension or Controlled Glaucoma. [2011.06.28]
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of 6 weeks administration of beclomethasone nasal spray on intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with ocular hypertension or controlled primary open-angle glaucoma... CONCLUSIONS: Patients with ocular hypertension and primary open-angle glaucoma showed no evidence of IOP elevation after 6 weeks use of beclomethasone nasal spray.

Beclomethasone dipropionate in Crohn's ileitis: a randomised, double-blind trial. [2011.06]
BACKGROUND: Steroids, the mainstay of Crohn's disease treatment, have been associated with systemic side effects. AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of beclomethasone dipropionate for maintaining remission induced by a short course of systemic steroids in patients with Crohn's ileitis with or without right colonic involvement... CONCLUSION: These results demonstrate that beclomethasone dipropionate significantly reduces the relapse rate in post-active Crohn's ileitis patients compared with placebo after induction of remission with a short course of systemic steroids, and is well tolerated. Copyright (c) 2010 Editrice Gastroenterologica Italiana S.r.l. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Use of beclomethasone dipropionate as rescue treatment for children with mild persistent asthma (TREXA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. [2011.02.19]
BACKGROUND: Daily inhaled corticosteroids are an effective treatment for mild persistent asthma, but some children have exacerbations even with good day-to-day control, and many discontinue treatment after becoming asymptomatic. We assessed the effectiveness of an inhaled corticosteroid (beclomethasone dipropionate) used as rescue treatment... INTERPRETATION: Children with mild persistent asthma should not be treated with rescue albuterol alone and the most effective treatment to prevent exacerbations is daily inhaled corticosteroids. Inhaled corticosteroids as rescue medication with albuterol might be an effective step-down strategy for children with well controlled, mild asthma because it is more effective at reducing exacerbations than is use of rescue albuterol alone. Use of daily inhaled corticosteroid treatment and related side-effects such as growth impairment can therefore be avoided. FUNDING: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Rapid onset of bronchodilation with formoterol/beclomethasone Modulite and formoterol/budesonide Turbuhaler as compared to formoterol alone in patients with COPD. [2011.02]
In the present study, we examined whether there is a difference in the onset of bronchodilatation between formoterol/beclomethasone 12/200 mug Modulite and formoterol/budesonide 9/320 mug Turbuhaler in patients with COPD. We enrolled 28 patients with stable COPD... This study confirms the rapid effect of the inhaled corticosteroid component when combined with formoterol and indicates that the onset of bronchodilation of formoterol/beclomethasone Modulite and formoterol/budesonide Turbuhaler are similar and greater than formoterol alone in patients with COPD.

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Clinical Trials Related to Qvar (Beclomethasone Inhalation)

Bronchodilator Effect of CHF1535 pMDI Versus Free Combination of Beclometasone Plus Formoterol pMDI in Asthmatic Children [Recruiting]
The purpose of this clinical study is to compare the improvement in breathing of single administration of CHF 1535 50/6 pMDI (fixed combination of a corticosteroid drug beclomethasone 50 g + formoterol 6 g/puff, 2 inhalations, total dose 100/12 g) given with spacer versus free combination of beclomethasone 50 g/puff pMDI (2 inhalations, total dose 100 g) given with spacer plus formoterol 6 g/puff pMDI (2 inhalations, total dose 12 g) given with spacer in terms of FEV1 from 0 to 12 hours in asthmatic children.

Additionally the study aims to evaluate the effects of doses of CHF 1535 pMDI compared to placebo and the effect on other lung function parameters, to assess the safety and tolerability of CHF 1535 dosages in children.

Drug Interaction Study Between Inhaled Beclomethasone and Protease Inhibitors in Healthy Volunteers [Recruiting]
Patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and respiratory disease commonly require protease inhibitors (PIs) and orally inhaled corticosteroids. Inhaled corticosteroids alone do not generally cause systemic adverse effects because of low systemic bioavailability, but the combination of inhaled fluticasone and various PIs has led to increased systemic fluticasone levels and multiple cases of secondary adrenal insufficiency. A study in healthy volunteers showed > 350-fold increase in fluticasone area under the curve when ritonavir (RTV) 100mg twice daily was coadministered with intranasal fluticasone compared to intranasal fluticasone alone. The mechanism of this drug interaction is presumably secondary to PI inhibition of cytochrome P450 3A4, the enzyme responsible for fluticasone metabolism. As a result, inhaled fluticasone is not recommended in combination with most PIs unless the benefit outweighs the risk. One possible alternative to fluticasone is inhaled beclomethasone, which has not been studied in combination with PIs. Although beclomethasone also undergoes metabolism via CYP3A4 in vitro to its more active metabolite, beclomethasone-17-monopropionate, it appears to be largely hydrolyzed by esterases in vivo. Furthermore, the pharmacokinetic properties of beclomethasone-17-monopropionate, such as relatively short half-life, low maximum plasma concentration, and low volume of distribution, suggest that systemic accumulation leading to significant adverse effects is unlikely even in the presence of a CYP3A4 inhibitor such as a PI.

In this open-label study, 46 subjects will receive inhaled beclomethasone for 6 weeks from Days 1 to 42. Subjects will be randomized into 1 of 3 groups, such that from Days 15 to 42, 18 subjects will add no additional study drugs, 14 subjects will add RTV 100mg twice daily, and 14 subjects will add DRV/r 600/100mg twice daily. Pharmacokinetic sampling for beclomethasone and beclomethasone-17-monopropionate levels will occur on Days 14 and 28. Pre-cosyntropin cortisol levels and a low-dose adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation test will be performed on all subjects on Days 1, 14, 28, and 42. Data from this investigation will determine whether RTV and/or DRV/r, potent CYP 3A4 inhibitors, alter the pharmacokinetics of beclomethasone and its active metabolite, beclomethasone-17-monopropionate (primary objective), and whether or not a possible increase in systemic bioavailability of beclomethasone and beclomethasone-17-monopropionate alters pre-cosyntropin cortisol levels and responses to ACTH stimulation test over a 4-week period (secondary objective). Results from this investigation will provide pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data to assist clinicians in determining whether inhaled beclomethasone is an appropriate option in HIV-infected patients requiring concomitant therapy with an inhaled corticosteroid and PIs.

Efficacy of Nebulised Beclometasone in Viral Wheezing Prophylaxis [Recruiting]
Inhaled steroids, in particular beclomethasone, are widely prescribed in Italy as symptomatic treatment of upper respiratory infections without evidence of efficacy.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of beclomethasone (administered by nebuliser twice a day) in preventing viral wheezing in pre-school children who had had episodes in the preceding 12 months.

Evaluation of Two Doses of QVAR by Breath Operated and Metered Dose Inhalers in Asthmatic Children [Completed]
The primary objective of this study is to compare the QVAR-Easi-Breathe 100 mcg/day and QVAR-Easi-Breathe 200 mcg/day with placebo relative to changes in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) results following 12 weeks of treatment. Secondary objectives such as daily asthma symptoms scores (per week), morning peak expiratory flow (PEF) values, nocturnal awakening and utilization of rescue medication per day also will be evaluated. In addition, an exploratory evaluation will assess the comparability of the two devices (i. e., QVAR-Easi-Breathe versus QVAR-MDI) at the same dose levels.

Study of orBec With Prednisone Therapy in the Treatment of Patients With Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) [Recruiting]
Use of an oral topically-active glucocorticoid with limited side effects will control the gastrointestinal inflammatory process of GVHD and minimize glucocorticoid exposure.

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Based on a total of 1 ratings/reviews, Qvar has an overall score of 10. The effectiveness score is 10 and the side effect score is 10. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst.

Qvar review by 56 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   80mcg (dosage frequency: day and night) for the period of 5 years
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
Reported Results
Benefits:   The treatment benefits of QVAR are that I do not think about my condition. Also, it is easy to execute the treatment. I exercise and go about my day as if I were not afflicted with asthma. I do not worry about having an attack, which is a big relief. The treatment is inconspicuous, another plus.
Side effects:   I am fortunate in saying that there are no side effects at the dose I am taking.
Comments:   Each morning, I take out my AeroChamber that holds the QVAR. I shake the QVAR aerosol canister and place it back into the AeroChamber. I then empty my lungs of air and take a big puff of the QVAR. I hold it in my lungs for as long as possible before breathing out. I repeat this process at night before retiring. I expect to be using QVAR for the foreseeable future.

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