need advice: has your child experienced any emotional side effects on QVAR or singular??

Tina - posted on 05/26/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 yrs old and in kindergarten. He has some breathing problems and has been on a nebulizer since he was 2yrs old. He just recently had his meds changed to 5mg of singular once a day and he was also put on QVAR(inhaled steroid) with a spacer. He is a good boy most of the time, nothing out of the ordinary, but since he has been on these meds, his behavior has changed. He seemed to be very very emotional, almost like PMS. He has been a little mean and has been bringing home bad notes from school saying he wasnt listening or following directions(4 from just last week). I have contacted his pharmacy and doctor and they both say that they havent heard of any type of emotional side effects form those meds. Im not sure if he is just going through a phase or if it is side effects form the meds. If you have any suggestions or have had any of your own children on these meds, please give any advice. Thanks.

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Kristin - posted on 05/28/2012

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My son has asthma as well. He was diagnosed when he was 1 with asthma and was out on Qvar and subutamol inhalers. I tried the singular for a while, but I tended to agree with my doctor and only use his inhalers as needed to he would grow out of the asthma, I only give my son his inhalers when he is having an asthma attack and he is on his neubulizer when he is really bad. He also had behavior problems while on his inhalers and what we found out is that he was scared and frustrated because he couldnt breathe properly. Also, my doctor said most children with asthma also will have ADHD, which they diagnosed my son with having at age 5. We put him into behabior classes and cut back on his inhalers and things are getting better with his attitude. I would ask your doctor if he is maybe ADHD and look into behavior classes. I use CHADS. And if his behavor is still eratic it could be an allergiuc reaction to the drugs so talk to your doctor or get a second opinion. I hope this helps good luck

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Gina - posted on 05/09/2014

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My grandson has asthma, and is currently taking
QVAR. I have noticed that his behavior has changed quite a bit. He seems to be much less compliant. He doesn't want to do homework, or get up for school. He is acting out at school also. Falling to the ground when he's upset, and cutting up erasers in class. He even made a scene at the library because he didn't want to do his homework. I am extremely concerned.
Finally, the other morning I gave him his morning dose of QVAR and his heart started racing and he said his chest hurt. I kept him home from school and called the pedicatric office at Loma Linda. They returned my call and said that if it kept happening to bring him in.
I think he is maybe ADHD, and I think this medication is a poor choice. I don't think he needs the emotional side effects in his life. Once again, I am extremely concerned.

Dahna - posted on 05/06/2014

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i discontinued my child from flovent AND QVAR even though the doctors tell me they know of no emotional side effects...... (i think that is a crock of bull). i know my child and he was A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CHILD before they put him on all these meds. we have been trying to find alternative methods of managing his sporadic breathing problems......hope this helps

Cat - posted on 04/22/2014

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Moms,
My son has asthma as well. Several years ago he was prescribed Singular that brought a cure of all asthma symptoms. The only problem was that my very sweet six year old become a monster with horrific nightmares. I took himoff of it! He is now 11 and a month ago his doc prescribed Qvar. He is experiencing the same behavioral symptoms. He is normaly a very sweet boy and has been yelling and is so moody. Get your kids off of it and find a med that he or she tolerates.

Jessica - posted on 03/04/2014

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My 3 1/2 year old son was prescribed Qvar 80 yesterday and last night he was def having an adverse reaction. He woke up screaming crying and very upset about any little thing. Not normal for him. I know it was from this drug now reading tons of forums all night. This drug is bad bad news.

Angela - posted on 02/23/2014

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My oldest son was born premature and has been on inhalers since he was about 1 years old. We tried Singular with little effect. It didn't work for him. It did make his brother very moody and down right mean, so we stopped it. My oldest was on Flovent for years and it worked well for him. However, at the age of 7, I noticed his restlessness and difficulty concentrating for school. We tested him for ADHD and he didn't score high enough. I took him off of Flovent for two months. His behaviors improved within a week, so much so that the teacher immediately noticed an improvement. However, when winter hit, his asthma was uncontrolled and he hated taking the rescue inhalers (Albuterol) because it made him so jittery. We are now on Qvar. I don't find it controls him as well as Flovent and after a month all of his behaviors are back. The MD stated that this shouldn't be happening, but stated I wasn't the only mom to say it was an issue for their child. Now we are in OT, to help manage the behaviors, because he can't be off of his inhalers. His inhalers also make him more likely to catch a cold and his skin more sensitive to allergens.

Carrie - posted on 12/04/2013

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Just wanted to say my son is 6 1/2 years old now, and a couple years ago he was put on singular and it was a miracle drug at first. I almost thought it was the cure. But he ended up getting so emotional. I did not realize right away it was from the med. in fact 3 different episodes happened before it finally clicked. The last episode was when I walked in his room and he was sitting on his toddler bed with his comforter over him, so I thought he was plying hide and seek and I went over and lifted the comforter and he was just sobbing. I asked him what was wrong and he just shrugged his shoulders. It broke my heart. :-(. I called his doctor and he told me to stop it immediately. He has not taken it since. So it's unfortunate, but I do feel better knowing that other people have had similar experiences. It's very frustrating bec to this day he really hasn't had something that was ever as good for the asthma as the singulair was. But I don't ever want to see him go thru that again.

Karen - posted on 12/02/2012

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My son is six years old, and was put on singulair. He had horrible emotional side effects. It got so bad that he punched me in the face at the grocery store one day because I wouldn't buy him candy. Taking him off of that medication was one if the best decisions I ever made. He is back to normal, and doesn't have the crazy mood swings any more.

Anita - posted on 12/02/2012

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omg all i can say is yes my son was put on this drug at 3 for asthma it was brilliant for it but noticed his social skills dropped and emotionally all over the place . i didnt make the link up with it at time. he then started to have sugar regulating problems . we removed the qvar and both conditions cleared up . i will never give my son this drug again..... i was worried about the effects in his sugar level never thought of the emotions till i seen this he is two years off this drug and has not looked back....

Sharon - posted on 12/01/2012

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Hi, my son (15) has had asthma since he was 3. Recently, after a very bad asthma attack, his doctor put him on Qvar. I was amazed at first, this medicine helped his asthma tremendously. Now, I am starting to see the side effects. He has behavior issues that he has never had before. He seems angry all the time. He is by far not the same child. I was relieved to find these boards. I asked his doctors if this medicine had these side effects and he said no. Now I see several places online that does say there are behavior issues. It's a miracle drug as far as asthma is concerned but I hate the way it's making him feel and act. Has anyone had better luck with another drug for asthma? I pretty much heard they are all the same. I want my son to be able to breathe but I also want to stop these behavior issues.

Thank you.

Crystal - posted on 07/09/2012

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Hi Tina,
My daughter was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and as a result she has pretty moderate asthma. Since she was born my daughter did not go 1 month without getting sick and it was awful. When she turned 2 1/2 her asthma/immunologist put her on 5mg of singular once a day. It was a mircle for us and my daughter. She was on it for 4 months and it was the first time she had ever gone without getting sick. She even got to go to the park and disneyland for the first time during that time... it was awesome. THEN things started to go down hill. She started having major mood swings and night terrors. Then she started hallucinating during broad daylight. It was a terrible thing to watch her go through. When she started to have the mood swings and night terrors i just thought it was a kid thing... and then she started to hallucinate and that is when i went to her pediatrition. Our doctor told us that they are finding these side effects aren't as rare as they thought with this medication and she said she had to pull a 7 year old off Singular because he was having suicidal thoughts.

We were so sad because this was our miricle drug and it worked amazing, but the side effects are awful and we would rather our daughter be sick than to live in fear and not be her insanley happy self. My daughter is now a week from her fourth birthday and she is able to have 3 months a year where she is well during summer, winters are still hard, but she is at least under control with other meds, such as flovent. i hope i was able to help.

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