The design of QVAR RediHaler is ideal for children aged 4 years and older and very convenient for adults as it is breath-actuated. This means there is no shaking, priming, and no spacer is required. Simply open the cap, inhale, and close the cap, done. QVAR RediHaler is not fast-acting but is for the prevention and control of asthma attacks, so you should always have a rescue inhaler close at hand for sudden attacks.
The active ingredient in QVAR RediHaler is called Beclomethasone Dipropionate, a corticosteroid drug that is breathed deep into lungs and works to block the production of inflammatory chemicals when your asthma is triggered. The inflammation causes your large and small airways to narrow and become swollen so your breathing is compromised and you experience coughing and wheezing. With inflammation subdued, your breathing comes easier and you can carry on with work or play.
Many people with asthma also have allergies and this is usually what causes your asthma attack. Pollen, dust, pet dander, perfumes, soaps, smoke, even changes in weather can trigger your asthma. You cough, wheeze, and the inflammation and excess mucus production can seriously impede your ability to breathe properly.
Avoiding the triggers is not easy, especially for small children that just want to run, jump, and play without a worry about their asthma until they have a sudden attack. For these times, you should have a rescue inhaler to quickly bring your asthma under control. Using QVAR RediHaler twice daily can help reduce these situations so you can go to school, work, playground, play sports, and just enjoy life with few cares.
Discuss other medical conditions you or your child has and list all current medications that are taken regularly, including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements to be certain nothing will interfere with Beclomethasone Propionate. Children using QVAR RediHaler should have their growth monitored as the corticosteroid can slow their growth. For any adults using QVAR RediHaler, you may have a higher risk of low bone density which can cause or worsen osteoporosis.
Some people may experience an increase in wheezing right after using QVAR RediHaler so ask your doctor about first using the rescue inhaler followed by QVAR RediHaler to avoid this from occurring. Do not share QVAR RediHaler with anyone else. Clean as instructed to keep the inhaler in good working order. There is a built-in dose counter to track when you should replace/reorder your QVAR RediHaler.