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BRAND & GENERIC NAMES
- Beclovent Rotacaps
- Beconase Inhaler
- Vancenase Inhaler
- Habit forming? No
- Prescription needed? Yes
- Available as generic? No
- Drug class: Cortisone drug (adrenal corticosteroid, see Drugs Glossary), antiasthmatic
- Prevents attacks of bronchial asthma and allergic hay fever.
- Does not stop an active asthma attack.
DOSAGE & USAGE INFORMATION
How to take:
- Aerosol–Follow package instructions. Don’t inhale more than 4 times twice a day. Rinse mouth after use to prevent hoarseness, throat irritation and mouth infection. Wait at least 1 minute between inhalations.
- Use other inhaled asthma drugs before beclomethasone. When to take: Regularly at the same times each day. If you forget a dose: Take as soon as you remember up to 2 hours late. If more than 2 hours, wait for next scheduled dose (don’t double this dose). What drug does: Reduces inflammation in bronchial tubes.
- Time lapse before drug works: 1 to 4 weeks.
- Don’t take with: Any other medicines, even over-the-counter drugs such as cough and cold medicines, nose drops, diet pills, laxatives or caffeine, without consulting your doctor.
- SYMPTOMS: Fluid retention, flushed face, nervousness, stomach irritation.
- WHAT TO DO: Overdose unlikely to threaten life. If the child inhales much larger amount than prescribed, call doctor, poison-control center or hospital emergency room for instructions.
POSSIBLE ADVERSE REACTIONS OR SIDE EFFECTS
SYMPTOMS WHAT TO DO
- Life-threatening: None expected.
- Common: Fungus infection Continue. Call doctor with white patches when convenient. in mouth, dryness, sore throat.
- Infrequent: Rash. Discontinue. Call doctor right away.
- Lung inflammation, Continue. Call doctor spasm of bronchial when convenient. tubes. Rare: None expected.
WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS
Don’t take if:
- You are allergic to beclomethasone.
- You have had tuberculosis or a systemic fungal infection.
- You are having an asthma attack.
Before you start, consult your doctor:
- If you take other cortisone drugs.
- If you have an infection.
Pregnancy: Risk to unborn child outweighs drug benefits. Don’t use. Infants & children: Use only under medical supervision.
Prolonged use: No age-related problems expected. Skin & sunlight: No age-related problems expected.
Driving or hazardous activities: No age-related problems expected.
Discontinuing: Don’t discontinue without doctor’s advice until you complete prescribed dose, even though symptoms diminish or disappear.
- Unrelated illness or injury may require cortisone drugs by mouth or injection. Notify your doctor.
- Consult doctor as soon as possible if your asthma returns while using beclamethasone as a preventive.
- Drug can reactivate tuberculosis or lung fungal infection. If you have ever had a positive skin test for tuberculosis, consult your doctor before taking.
- Consult doctor frequently if changing from oral cortisone drug to beclomethasone inhaler.
POSSIBLE INTERACTION WITH OTHER DRUGS
|Albuterol||Increased beclomethasone effect.|
|Bitolerol||Increased beclomethasone effect.|
|Ephedrine||Increased beclomethasone effect.|
|Epinephrine||Increased beclomethasone effect.|
|Indapamide||Possible excessive potassium loss,|
|causing dangerous heartbeat|
|Isoetharine||Increased beclomethasone effect.|
|Isoproterenol||Increased beclomethasone effect.|
|Metaproterenol||Increased beclomethasone effect.|
|Potassium supplements||Decreased potassium effect.|
|Terbutaline||Increased beclomethasone effect.|
|Theophylline||Increased beclomethasone effect.|
POSSIBLE INTERACTION WITH OTHER SUBSTANCES
- Marijuana: Decreased beclomethasone effect.
- Tobacco: Decreased beclomethasone effect.
From the Complete Guide to Pediatric Symptoms, Illness & Medications by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. © 1989 The Putnam Berkley Group, Inc.; electronic rights by Medical Data Exchange