I USE ADVAIR 50/500 RX FROM MY DOCTOR BUT MY HEALTH PLAN DOESNT ALLOW IT - IS QVAR A VIABLE SUBSTITUTE? I'VE BEEN BUYING MY ADVAIR FROM MEXICO BUT IT'S STILL VERY EXPENSIVE $40-$60USD. MY HEALTH PLAN SUGGESTED QVAR BUT IT CONTAINS VERY DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS - IS IT AS GOOD AS ADVAIR. (IN MEXICO ADVAIR IS CALLED SERETIDE DISKUS -SAME COMPANY CONTAINS THE SAME STUFF) I HAVE COPD
I am not familiar with QVAR, however there has been some very interesting discussions on this topic on the Internet recently. I will give you some links and hopefully these will lead you to the wisdom you are searching for:
Here is a question and answer session regarding QVAR
Here is an asthmatic friend of mine writing about it
Here is our information on QVAR (also known as Vanceril or Beclomethosone)
Advair and Qvar are totally different drugs. While both contain a potent steroid, Advair ALSO contains a long acting bronchodilator.
If you're doing well with a rescue inhaler like Albuterol, you could probably get by with a drug like Qvar, which only contains the steriod beclomethasone.