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Beclomethasone

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BRAND & GENERIC NAMES

  • Beclovent
  • Beclovent Rotacaps
  • Beconase Inhaler
  • Becotide
  • Propaderm
  • Vancenase Inhaler
  • Vanceril

BASIC INFORMATION

  • Habit forming? No
  • Prescription needed? Yes
  • Available as generic? No
  • Drug class: Cortisone drug (adrenal corticosteroid, see Drugs Glossary), antiasthmatic

USES

  • 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.

OVERDOSE

  • 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.

Others:

  • 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.
Antiasthmatics Increased
other antiasthmatic effect.
Bitolerol Increased beclomethasone effect.
Ephedrine Increased beclomethasone effect.
Epinephrine Increased beclomethasone effect.
Indapamide Possible excessive potassium loss,
causing dangerous heartbeat
irregularity.
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

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