BECLOMETHASONE (be kloe METH a sone) is an inhaled corticosteroid. It treats asthma. It decreases inflammation in the lungs. Do not use this medicine to treat an acute asthma attack or bronchospasm.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
eye disease such as glaucoma, cataracts, or blurred vision
immune system problems
infections, such as tuberculosis (TB) or other bacterial, fungal, or viral infections,
osteoporosis, weak bones
taking other steroids like dexamethasone or prednisone
an unusual or allergic reaction to beclomethasone, other corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
This medicine is inhaled through the mouth. Rinse your mouth with water after use. Make sure not to swallow the water. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Do not use it more often than directed.
This medicine comes with INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. Ask your pharmacist for directions on how to use this medicine. Read the instructions carefully. Talk to your pharmacist or health care provider if you have questions.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this medicine in children. While it may be used in children as young as 4 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
Interactions are not expected.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
infection (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, pain or trouble passing urine)
low adrenal gland function (nausea; vomiting; loss of appetite, unusually weak or tired; dizziness; low blood pressure)
thrush (white patches in the mouth or mouth sores)
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
changes in taste
hoarseness, sore throat
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your health care provider for regular checks on your progress. Tell your health care provider if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Follow your plan from your health care provider for managing an acute asthma attack or bronchospasm (wheezing). If you do not get relief from your rescue inhaler, call your health care provider right away.
If you have asthma, you and your health care provider should develop an Asthma Action Plan that is just for you. Be sure to know what to do if you are in the yellow (asthma is getting worse) or red (medical alert) zones.
This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Call your health care provider for advice if you get a fever, chills, sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. Try to avoid being around people who are sick. If you have not had the measles or chickenpox vaccines, tell your health care provider right away if you are around someone with these viruses.
Using this medicine for a long time may weaken your bones. The risk of bone fractures may be increased. Talk to your health care provider about your bone health.
This medicine may slow your child's growth if it is taken for a long time at high doses. Your health care provider will monitor your child's growth.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep inhaler away from extreme heat, cold, or humidity. Do not puncture the canister. Throw away when the dose counter reads "0" or after the expiration date, whichever is first.
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