Beclometasone Inhaler 50mcg fits into a group of medicines called corticosteroids that work by reducing swelling of the airways. It comes in the form of an aerosol that is to be inhaled orally 3-4 times a day at regular intervals and is used as continuous treatment for the management of bronchial asthma. It is used as an inhalator so that the medication can go directly to the lungs and very little can find its way into other areas of the body. Beclometasone is used to control the symptoms of asthma and other lung diseases and should therefore be used regularly, even if you feel your condition is under control.
Directions for taking Beclometasone Inhaler 50mcg:
- The Beclometasone Inhaler is usually taken 3-4 times daily at regular intervals, but you should follow the directions given to you by your doctor or healthcare professional.
- If your doctor has prescribed a bronchodilator (a drug to be inhaled for rapid relief of difficult breathing), use it several minutes before your beclomethasone inhaler so that beclomethasone reaches deep into your lungs.
- Before you use beclomethasone the first time, read the written instructions that come with it. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist to show you how to use it. Practice using the inhaler while he or she watches.
Follow these steps to use your inhaler:
- Shake the inhaler well. (Note: If you are using QVAR, you do not need to shake the inhaler.)
- Remove the protective cap.
- Exhale (breathe out) as completely as possible through your nose while keeping your mouth shut.
- Open Mouth Technique: Open your mouth wide, and place the open end of the mouthpiece about 1-2 inches from your mouth.
- Closed Mouth Technique: Place the open end of the mouthpiece well into your mouth, past your front teeth. Close your lips tightly around the mouthpiece.
- Take a slow, deep breath through the mouthpiece and, at the same time, press down on the container to spray the medication into your mouth. Be sure that the mist goes into your throat and is not blocked by your teeth or tongue. Adults giving the treatment to young children may hold the child's nose closed to be sure that the medication goes into the child's throat.
- Hold your breath for 5-10 seconds, remove the inhaler, and exhale slowly through your nose or mouth. If you take two puffs, wait 2 minutes and shake the inhaler well before taking the second puff.
- Replace the protective cap on the inhaler.
- After each treatment, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.
Caution before using Beclometasone Inhaler 50mcg:
Before taking Beclometasone Inhaler 50mcg,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to beclomethasone or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially arthritis medications, aspirin, digoxin (Lanoxin), diuretics (water pills), estrogen (Premarin), ketoconazole (Nizoral), oral contraceptives, phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin (Rifadin), theophylline (Theo-Dur), and vitamins.
- if you have a fungal infection (other than on your skin), do not use beclomethasone without talking to your doctor.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver, kidney, intestinal, or heart disease; diabetes; an underactive thyroid gland; high blood pressure; mental illness; myasthenia gravis; osteoporosis; herpes eye infection; seizures; or ulcers.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using beclomethasone, call your doctor.
- if you have a history of ulcers or use large doses of aspirin or other arthritis medication, limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages while using this drug. Beclomethasone makes your stomach and intestines more susceptible to the irritating effects of alcohol, aspirin, and certain arthritis medications; this effect increases your risk of getting ulcers.
- do not use beclomethasone during a sudden asthma attack. You should have a fast-acting inhaler such as albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin) to use during asthma attacks.
- avoid exposure to chicken pox and measles. This drug makes you more likely to catch these illnesses. If you are exposed to them while using beclomethasone, call your doctor. Do not have a vaccination or other immunization without your doctor's approval.
Possible side effects from taking Beclometasone Inhaler 50mcg:
Contact your doctor if these side effects become more severe or do not go away:
- Dry/irritated throat or mouth
- Painful or difficult speech
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Skin rash
- Increased breathing difficulty
- White spots or sores of the mouth
- Swollen face, lower legs or ankles
- Vision problems
- Cold or infection that lasts longer than usual
- Muscle weakness