Why is this medication prescribed?
Beclomethasone is used to treat asthma in adults and children 5 years of age and older by preventing symptoms such chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. It is a member of the corticosteroid drug family. It facilitates easier breathing by reducing inflammation and swelling in the airways.
How should this medicine be used?
Beclomethasone is available as an aerosol to breathe via the mouth with an inhaler. Usually, it is breathed in twice daily. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Beclomethasone should only be used as prescribed. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.
As part of your beclomethasone inhalation therapy, discuss with your doctor how you should use the other oral and inhaled asthma drugs that you are already taking. Your doctor may decide to gradually reduce the dosage of any oral steroids you were taking, such as dexamethasone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), or prednisone (Rayos), once you start using beclomethasone.
Beclomethasone manages asthma symptoms but does not treat the condition. The medicine may help your asthma within 24 hours of taking it, but it may take 1 to 4 weeks for all of its effects to become apparent. Beclomethasone should still be administered even if you feel OK. Without consulting your doctor, do not stop taking beclomethasone. If your symptoms or your child’s symptoms do not get better within the first four weeks or if they worsen, call your doctor right once.
Beclomethasone aids in preventing asthma attacks, which are abrupt episodes of wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath, but it cannot halt an attack that has already begun. To use during asthma attacks, your doctor will prescribe a short-acting inhaler. If your asthma gets worse while you’re receiving therapy, tell your doctor.
When you are close to a flame or other source of heat, avoid using your beclomethasone inhaler. If the inhaler is subjected to extremely high temperatures, it may explode.
Depending on its size, each beclomethasone inhaler is intended to deliver 50, 100, or 120 inhalations. Later inhalations could not contain the prescribed dosage of medication if the labelled number of inhalations has been reached. You ought to keep note of how many breaths you’ve taken. To determine how many days your inhaler will last, divide the number of inhalations it has by the number of inhalations you use daily. Even if the inhaler still has some liquid within and continues to spray when the button is pressed after you have used the indicated number of inhalations, throw it away.
Read the included written instructions before using the beclomethasone inhaler for the first time. Check to see if you can identify every component of the inhaler by carefully studying the diagrams. You should ask your physician, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist to demonstrate how to use the inhaler properly. To ensure you are using the inhaler correctly, practise using it in front of the person.
Take the following actions to use the aerosol inhaler: Keep the inhaler covered firmly at all times, clean, and dry. Make use of a dry, clean tissue or cloth to clean your inhaler. No portion of your inhaler should be washed or submerged in water.
- Take off the safety cap.
- Release 2 test sprays into the air, away from your face, to prime the inhaler if you’re using it for the first time or if it has been more than 10 days since your last usage. Avoid spraying the drug in your face or eyes.
- Exhale through your mouth as fully as you can.
- Hold the inhaler horizontally or upright with the mouthpiece up. Put the mouthpiece firmly within your mouth between your lips. Lean your head back a little. Keep your tongue underneath the mouthpiece while tightly sealing your lips around it. Deeply and slowly inhale.
- Take a few deep breaths through the mouthpiece, slowly. In order to spray the medication into your mouth, press down once on the bottle at the same time.
- Close your mouth after removing the inhaler from your mouth and taking a thorough breath.
- Try to hold your breath for five to ten seconds before gradually exhaling.
- Repeat steps 3 through 7 if your physician has instructed you to inhale more than one puff per session.
- On the inhaler, replace the protective cap.
- Spit out the water you used to clean your mouth after each treatment. Don’t ingest the water.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using beclomethasone inhalation,
- If you have an allergy to beclomethasone, any other drugs, or any of the ingredients in beclomethasone inhalation, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your physician and pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now using or have previously used. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects. Be important to inform your doctor of all the drugs you are taking, even those not on this list, as many other drugs may also interact with beclomethasone inhalation.
- Use of beclomethasone during an asthma episode is not advised. To use during asthma attacks, your doctor will prescribe a short-acting inhaler. If an asthma attack persists despite the use of a fast-acting asthma medicine or if you need to use more fast-acting medication than normal, contact your doctor right away.
- Inform your doctor if you have cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye), glaucoma (an eye condition), high eye pressure, or TB (a dangerous lung infection). Additionally, let your doctor know if you have herpes in your eyes or any other untreated infections anywhere on your body (a type of infection that causes a sore on the eyelid or eye surface).
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking beclomethasone.
- Your other health issues, such asthma, arthritis, or eczema (a skin problem), could get worse if your oral steroid dosage is cut back. If this occurs or if you encounter any of the following symptoms at this time, let your doctor know right away: Excessive fatigue, muscle weakness or pain, abrupt pain in the stomach, lower body, or legs, loss of appetite, weight loss, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness, fainting, depression, irritability, and skin darkening are all symptoms that may accompany extreme fatigue. During this time, your body can be less able to handle stressors like surgery, illness, severe asthma attacks, or injuries. If you become ill, call your doctor right away, and make sure that any medical professionals who care for you are aware that you recently switched from an oral steroid to beclomethasone inhalation. Keep a card with you or wear a medical identification bracelet to alert emergency responders to the possibility that you will require steroid treatment.
- If you have never had chickenpox or measles and you have not received a vaccination against these diseases, let your doctor know. Avoid sick people, especially those who have the measles or chickenpox. Call your doctor right once if you are exposed to one of these infections or if you start to exhibit signs of one of these infections. To keep yourself safe from certain infections, you might need therapy.
- You should be aware that beclomethasone inhalation occasionally results in wheezing and breathing difficulties right away. Use your fast-acting (rescue) asthma medicine as soon as possible and call your doctor if this occurs. Beclomethasone inhalation should not be used again unless your doctor instructs you to.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Ignore the missed dose and carry on with my normal dosing routine. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from beclomethasone inhalation are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Unwell throat
- Runny or congested nose
- Back ache
- Challenging or uncomfortable speech
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Get emergency medical attention if you develop any of the following symptoms or those listed in the SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS section.
- Edoema of the hands, feet, ankles, lower legs, cheeks, neck, tongue, lips, and eyes
- Breathing or swallowing challenges
- Alterations to vision
Inhaled beclomethasone may slow down a child’s growth. There isn’t enough data to say whether beclomethasone use affects how tall kids end up being after they stop growing. While on beclomethasone, your child’s doctor will closely monitor your child’s growth. The hazards of giving your child this medication should be discussed with your child’s doctor.
Rarely, long-term users of beclomethasone may develop cataracts or glaucoma. Ask your doctor how frequently you should have your eyes checked while receiving therapy, as well as the hazards of using beclomethasone.
Other negative effects from beclomethasone inhalation are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store the inhaler upright, at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture, with the plastic mouthpiece on top (not in the bathroom). Do not puncture the aerosol container, and do not burn it or dispose of it in an incinerator.
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.