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Qvar question

Qvar question

When I went to the chemist to collect my prescription of Qvar last week the pharmacist took me aside and asked me to come into another room - and asked me if I knew that Qvar is a steroid and how do I use it and how often do I use it ! I was most taken aback and wondered if anyone else has had this experience ?

I am on tons of other medications for diabetes, osteoporosis and a heart defect and have been on those for several years but the pharmacist has never asked me about those medications !

Btw, I'm new here. I'm not sure I've got proper asthma - I have been diagnosed with ""small airways disease"" - chest x-ray showed hyperinflated lungfields and CT scan showed a pattern typical of small airways disease and air trapping which the respiratory consultant said was not due to COPD and was a ""sort of asthma"". I've been using Qvar 100 2 puffs twice a day for the past two months and that has relieved the cough I had been getting.


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Hi :)

I'm on Quvar too, my pharmacist did the same, I think it's jut precautionary, as steriods are addictive and you can overdose on them.

Keep smiling



i'm on Qvar as well but have never had that experience. Although that could be because my brother often collects my prescriptions for me - i can't remember when i actually last collected my own meds but i do know that has never happened to me


I've had this before when I was on Qvar (its the brown steroid inhaler isn't it? its been too long since I was last on the ""normal"" steroid and salbutamol inhalers), it was just to make sure I was using it ok, had no nasty side effects, making sure it worked right, etc. my pharmacy reviews were better than my doctors reviews.


I know the pharmacists are now doing regular MURs (Medication Use Review) with customers. Maybe they are selecting people on certain medications first. I had an MUR label on my meds in January and the pharmacy discussed all of my meds. Unfortunately, they mustn't log it, as I was approached again in February! I am not on QVAR but on high dose Symbicort and many others meds for asthma.

BTW Jordan1993 I don't believe steroids are addictive :-)


Thanks for the replies everyone !

I suppose it might be because the pharmacy are doing reviews, I've heard of those MURs but they didn't ask me about any of my other medications, that's why I thought it strange. They should actually have picked up that I have osteoporosis and that Qvar can lead to bone thinning and calcium loss - after prolonged use - the pharmacist didn't mention that though I certainly mentioned it to the consultant. I'm okay with being on Qvar for the moment as I know its imporatant to resolve the air trapping and inflammation in my lungs.

I don't believe that Qvar is addictive - it's a glucocorticoid steroid or corticosteroid - are you thinking of anabolic steroids Jordan ?


My daughter had a MUR on her prescription (although when I told pharmacist she was only 12 she didn't want to see her!!

She is on seretide-maybe different pharmacies have targets to meet for different inhalers, who knows these days!!

Glad to hear Qvar seems to be helping x


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