Beclomethasone Inhalation

Name: Beclomethasone Inhalation

Uses For beclomethasone

Beclomethasone is used to help control symptoms of asthma and improve breathing. It is used when a patient's asthma has not been controlled sufficiently on other asthma medicines, or when a patient's condition is so severe that more than one medicine is needed every day. beclomethasone will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started.

Beclomethasone belongs to the family of medicines known as corticosteroids or steroids (cortisone-like medicines). It works by preventing certain cells in the lungs and breathing passages from releasing substances that cause asthma symptoms.

beclomethasone is available only with your doctor's prescription.

beclomethasone Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • fever
  • hoarseness
  • runny nose
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble swallowing
  • voice changes
Incidence not known
  • Attack, assault, or force
  • blindness
  • blurred vision
  • changes in behavior
  • chills
  • darkening of the skin
  • decreased vision
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • eye pain
  • fainting
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • mental depression
  • nausea or vomiting
  • painful or difficult urination
  • skin rash
  • sore mouth or tongue
  • tearing
  • thoughts of killing oneself
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • white patches in the mouth or on the tongue

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Cramps
  • heavy bleeding
  • pain
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tightness of the chest

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I use beclomethasone inhalation?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Beclomethasone is not a rescue medicine. It will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Use only a fast-acting asthma medicine for an attack. Tell your doctor if it seems like your asthma medications don't work as well.

Follow all patient instructions for safe and effective use, and directions for priming the inhaler device. Prime the inhaler device before the first use by pumping 2 test sprays into the air, away from your face. Prime the inhaler if it has not been used for longer than 10 days.

To reduce the chance of developing a yeast infection, rinse your mouth with water after using beclomethasone. Do not swallow.

Do not wash your inhaler device or allow it to get wet. Wipe the mouthpiece with a clean dry tissue or cloth at least once per week.

Your inhaler device may have a dose counter to show how many sprays are left in the canister. Check this number often. When the number reaches 0, there are no sprays left. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Always use the new device provided with the medicine when you get your prescription filled.

It may take up to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and call your doctor if your symptoms do not begin to improve after 2 weeks of treatment.

Your dose needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.

Asthma is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Seek medical attention if you think your asthma medications are not working as well. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

If you switched to beclomethasone from an oral (taken by mouth) steroid, do not stop using the other steroid suddenly or you may have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk with your doctor about tapering your steroid dose before stopping completely.

You may need to restart the oral steroid if you are under stress or have an asthma attack or other medical emergency. Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you may need an oral steroid in an emergency.

Beclomethasone can weaken your immune system. Your blood may need to be tested often.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Store the inhaler device with the canister upright and the mouthpiece on top. Keep the canister away from open flame or high heat, such as in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty inhaler canister.

What other drugs will affect beclomethasone inhalation?

Other drugs may interact with beclomethasone inhalation, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

For the Consumer

Applies to beclomethasone: inhalation aerosol liquid, inhalation aerosol powder, inhalation capsule, inhalation spray

Along with its needed effects, beclomethasone may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking beclomethasone:

More common
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • fever
  • hoarseness
  • runny nose
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble swallowing
  • voice changes
Incidence not known
  • Attack, assault, or force
  • blindness
  • blurred vision
  • changes in behavior
  • chills
  • darkening of the skin
  • decreased vision
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • eye pain
  • fainting
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • mental depression
  • nausea or vomiting
  • painful or difficult urination
  • skin rash
  • sore mouth or tongue
  • tearing
  • thoughts of killing oneself
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • white patches in the mouth or on the tongue

Some side effects of beclomethasone may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Cramps
  • heavy bleeding
  • pain
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tightness of the chest

Liver Dose Adjustments

No adjustment recommended

Beclomethasone Pregnancy Warnings

Benefit should outweigh risk AU TGA pregnancy category: B3 US FDA pregnancy category: C Comments: -Hypoadrenalism may occur in neonates exposed to glucocorticosteroids in utero; carefully observe neonates for signs and symptoms of hypoadrenalism. -Fetal growth should be monitored.

Systemic administration of relatively high doses in animals has shown abnormalities of fetal development including growth retardation and cleft palate. Epidemiologic data on a large number of human pregnancies has not shown adverse effects on mother or on the health of the baby with inhaled drug at 1 mg per day. Epidemiologic data is lacking on the oral administration of this drug. There are no adequate and well controlled studies in pregnant women. AU TGA pregnancy category B3: Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed. Studies in animals have shown evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage, the significance of which is considered uncertain in humans. US FDA pregnancy category C: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Beclomethasone Breastfeeding Warnings

Most experts consider inhaled corticosteroids acceptable during breastfeeding as the presence in breastmilk is expected to be low and infant exposure negligible. No studies have specifically described the presence of this drug in animal milk or breast milk; however, it is reasonable to assume it is excreted in milk. Due to lack of specific data, benefits to the mother should be weighed against any potential risk to the breastfed infant.

Benefit should outweigh risk Excreted into human milk: Unknown Excreted into animal milk: Unknown Comment: At therapeutic doses minimal effects are expected with inhaled drug.

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