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Have asthma. Took symbicort and q var. Developed wheezing. Should I be concerned?

Sep 2012
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Hello. I have asthma and took Symbicort for five years until it began to cause significant side effects. In January 2013 I saw an allergist who agreed that Symbicort was way too strong for my symptoms (I have decades of allergies). He prescribed QVar and suggested I continue with Singulair which I have taken for years. I am feeling ever so much better with QVar but have developed some symptoms of wheezing, etc. especially at night. I have been on QVar for about 5 weeks and wonder if it takes longer to "adjust" to a new med. Wonder if the wheezing should be attended to. The allergist said to listen to my body and see how I do. I don't know how I'm doing???
Posted Wed, 27 Mar 2013 in Asthma and Allergy
Answered by Dr. Das Arindam 24 minutes later

Thank you for posting a query in this website.

Look, q var contains beclomethasone group of drug. It is a steroid group of drug. It is a very effective one. But it's most important and most common side effect is wheezing, that your are complaining right now.

Singulair contains monteleukast group of drug. It is also very effective. But it has no such side effect.

So, you are having this wheezing due to the side effect of q var.

So, you should consult with your treating doctor for changing the drug q var. I think, levosalbutamol group of drug should be considered for you. You can also consult about it.

Hope this information suffices. Let me know, if you have any more question.

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