QVAR REDIHALER SIDE EFFECTS

  • Generic Name: beclomethasone dipropionate hfa inhalation aerosol
  • Brand Name: Qvar Redihaler
  • Drug Class: Corticosteroids, Inhalants
Last updated on MDtodate: 10/03/2022

SIDE EFFECTS

Systemic and local corticosteroid use may result in the following:

  • Candida albicans infection
  • Immunosuppression
  • Hypercorticism and adrenal suppression
  • Growth effects
  • Eye Disorders

Clinical Trials Experience

A total of 1858 subjects participated in the QVAR REDIHALER clinical development program. Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Adults and Adolescent Patients 12 years of Age and Older: The adverse reaction information presented in Table 1 is derived from 3 double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials in which 1230 patients (751 female and 479 male adults previously treated with as needed bronchodilators and/or inhaled corticosteroids) were treated with QVAR REDIHALER (doses of 40, 80, 160, or 320 mcg twice daily) or QVAR (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol (QVAR MDI; doses of 160 or 320 mcg twice daily) or placebo. In considering these data, difference in average duration of exposure and clinical trial design should be taken into account.

Table 1 : Adverse Reactions Experienced by at Least 3% of Adult and Adolescent Patients in the QVAR REDIHALER or QVAR MDI Groups and Greater Than Placebo by Treatment and Daily Dose

Preferred Term Number (%) of patients
QVAR REDIHALER QVAR MDI Placebo
N=304
80 mcg
N=90
160 mcg
N=92
320 mcg
N=214
640 mcg
N=211
320 mcg
N=212
640 mcg
N=107
Oral Candidiasis 0 2 (2) 7 (3) 15 (7) 6 (3) 9 (8) 1 (<1)
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 3 (3) 3 (3) 9 (4) 6 (3) 17 (8) 4 (4) 6 (2)
Nasopharyngitis 4 (4) 2 (2) 3 (1) 3 (1) 6 (3) 4 (4) 4 (1)
Oropharyngeal Pain 2 (2) 2 (2) 1 (<1) 3 (1) 6 (3) 4 (4) 2 (<1)
Viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 3 (3) 0 1 (<1) 3 (1) 4 (2) 2 (<1) 4 (1)
Sinusitis 3 (3) 0 1 (<1) 2 (<1) 1 (<1) 1 (<1) 2 (<1)
Rhinitis Allergic 0 3 (3) 0 2 (<1) 0 1 (<1) 0
*QVAR MDI=QVAR Inhalation Aerosol

 

Other adverse reactions that occurred in clinical trials using QVAR REDIHALER with an incidence of 1% to 3% and which occurred at a greater incidence than placebo were back pain, headache, pain, nausea and cough.

Pediatric Patients 4 To 11 Years Of Age

The adverse reaction information presented in Table 2 concerning QVAR REDIHALER and QVAR MDI is derived from one 12 week placebo-controlled study in pediatric patients 4 to 11 years of age with persistent asthma.

Table 2 : Adverse Reactions Experienced by at Least 3% of Patients 4 to 11 Years of Age in the QVAR REDIHALER or QVAR MDI Groups and Greater Than Placebo by Treatment and Daily Dose

Preferred Term Number (%) of patients
QVAR REDIHALER A V Q R MDI Placebo
N=127
80 mcg
N=126
160 mcg
N=125
80 mcg
N=125
160 mcg
N=125
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 3 (2.4) 1 (0.8) 6 (4.8) 5 (4.0) 5 (3.9)
Nasopharyngitis 5 (4.0) 11 (8.8) 6 (4.8) 6 (4.8) 4 (3.1)
Viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 5 (4.0) 5 (4.0) 3 (2.4) 1 (0.8) 4 (3.1)
Pharyngitis 4 (3.2) 4 (3.2) 4 (3.2) 4 (3.2) 2 (1.6)
Cough 1 (0.8) 3 (2.4) 9 (7.2) 6 (4.8) 4 (3.1)
Vomiting 2 (1.6) 2 (1.6) 4 (3.2) 0 2 (1.6)
Headache 2 (1.6) 5 (4.0) 0 4 (3.2) 5 (3.9)
Pyrexia 1 (0.8) 4 (3.2) 4 (3.2) 3 (2.4) 3 (2.4)
*QVAR MDI=QVAR Inhalation Aerosol

 

Other adverse reactions that occurred in clinical trials using QVAR REDIHALER with an incidence of 1% to 3% and which occurred at a greater incidence than placebo were influenza, gastroenteritis viral, ear infection, oral candidiasis, diarrhea, and myalgia.

Postmarketing Experience

In addition to the adverse reactions reported from clinical trials with QVAR REDIHALER, the following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of QVAR MDI and other inhaled corticosteroids. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Local Effects

Localized infections with Candida albicans have occurred in patients treated with beclomethasone dipropionate or other orally inhaled corticosteroids.

Psychiatric And Behavioral Changes

Aggression, depression, sleep disorders, psychomotor hyperactivity, and suicidal ideation have been reported (primarily in children).

Eye Disorders

Blurred vision, central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC).

 

SRC: NLM .