Beclovent

Name: Beclovent

US Brand Name

  1. Beclovent
  2. Qvar

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Beclovent
  • Qvar

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Aerosol Powder
  • Aerosol Liquid
  • Capsule
  • Spray

Therapeutic Class: Anti-Inflammatory

Pharmacologic Class: Adrenal Glucocorticoid

Proper Use of beclomethasone

This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products that contain beclomethasone. It may not be specific to Beclovent. Please read with care.

Inhaled beclomethasone is used to prevent asthma attacks. It is not used to relieve an asthma attack that has already started. For relief of an asthma attack that has already started, you should use another medicine. If you do not have another medicine to use for an attack or if you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.

Inhaled beclomethasone is used with a special inhaler that comes with patient directions. Read the directions carefully before using this medicine. If you do not understand the directions or you are not sure how to use the QVAR® inhaler, ask your doctor to show you what to do. Also, ask your doctor to check regularly how you use the QVAR® inhaler to make sure you are using it properly.

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. Also, do not stop using this medicine without telling your doctor. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

In order for this medicine to help prevent asthma attacks, it must be used every day in regularly spaced doses, as ordered by your doctor.

Do not stop using this medicine or other asthma medicines that your doctor has prescribed for you unless you have discussed this with your doctor.

Rinsing your mouth with water after each dose may help prevent hoarseness, throat irritation, and infection in the mouth. However, do not swallow the water after rinsing.

To use the QVAR® inhaler:

  • Do not use the inhaler for this medicine with any other medicine. Do not remove the canister from the actuator.
  • Remove the cap and look at the mouthpiece to make sure it is clean.
  • Before you use an inhaler for the first time, prime it by pointing it away from your face and spraying into the air 2 times. If the inhaler has not been used for 10 days or longer, prime it again.
  • To inhale this medicine, breathe out fully, trying to get as much air out of the lungs as possible. Put the mouthpiece fully into your mouth and close your lips around it. Do not block the mouthpiece with your teeth or tongue.
  • While pressing down firmly and fully on the metal canister, breathe in through your mouth as deeply as you can until you have taken a full deep breath.
  • Take the inhaler out of your mouth. Hold your breath for about 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly.
  • If you are supposed to use more than one puff, wait 1 to 2 minutes before inhaling the second puff. Repeat these steps for the next puff.
  • Wipe the mouthpiece dry with a cloth or tissue. Do not wash it with water. Put the cap back on right away.
  • Gargle and rinse your mouth with water after each dose.
  • The inhaler has a window that shows the number of doses remaining. This tells you when you are getting low on medicine. The doses counting down from 20 to 0 will show up in red to remind you to refill your prescription. Throw away the inhaler when the count is 0. You may not receive the right amount of medicine.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For inhalation dosage form (aerosol):
    • For preventing an asthma attack:
      • For patients who have received bronchodilators alone:
        • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—At first, one puff two times a day. Each puff contains 40 or 80 micrograms (mcg) of beclomethasone. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 320 mcg two times a day.
        • Children 5 to 11 years of age—At first, one puff two times a day. Each puff contains 40 mcg of beclomethasone. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 80 mcg two times a day.
        • Children younger than 5 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
      • For patients who have received inhaled corticosteroids:
        • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—At first, one to two puffs two times a day. Each puff contains 40 or 80 micrograms (mcg) of beclomethasone. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 320 mcg two times a day.
        • Children 5 to 11 years of age—At first, one puff two times a day. Each puff contains 40 mcg of beclomethasone. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 80 mcg two times a day.
        • Children younger than 5 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the canister at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Do not keep this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Do not poke holes in the canister or throw it into a fire, even if the canister is empty.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Beclovent 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.

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Geriatric

Although appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of inhaled beclomethasone have not been performed in the geriatric population, geriatric-specific problems are not expected to limit the usefulness of inhaled beclomethasone in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney, liver, or heart problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving inhaled beclomethasone.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Asthma attack, acute or
  • Bronchospasm (difficulty with breathing), acute—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Cataracts or
  • Glaucoma—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Chickenpox (including recent exposure) or
  • Herpes simplex (virus) infection of the eye or
  • Infections (virus, bacteria, fungus, or parasite) or
  • Measles or
  • Tuberculosis, active or history of—Inhaled beclomethasone can reduce the body's ability to fight off these infections.
  • Immobilization for long periods of time or
  • Osteoporosis, family history of—Beclomethasone may make your bones weaker and increase the chance of a broken bone after a minor fall or injury.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the canister at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Do not keep this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Do not poke holes in the canister or throw it into a fire, even if the canister is empty.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

For the Consumer

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

Along with its needed effects, beclomethasone (the active ingredient contained in Beclovent) 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

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