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Monday, November 02, 2009 ANOLDFELLA, Community Member, asks

Q: IS QVAR REALLY A GOOD SUBSTITUTE FOR ADVAIR 50/500?

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

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John Bottrell, Health Pro
11/ 7/09 1:34am

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

 

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Breathinstephen, Community Member
11/ 8/09 10:22am

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.

 

 

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By ANOLDFELLA, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/02/10, First Published: 11/02/09