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Generic Name: beclometasone

It helps decrease inflammation in your lungs
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What is this medicine?

BECLOMETHASONE (be kloe METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. It helps decrease inflammation in your lungs. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of asthma. Never use this medicine for an acute asthma attack.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • infection, like tuberculosis, herpes, or fungal infection
  • recent surgery or injury of mouth or throat
  • taking corticosteroids by mouth
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to beclomethasone, other corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for inhalation through the mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label. This medicine works best if used regularly. Do not use more than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

Use this medicine after you use any bronchodilator inhaler, like albuterol. Wait 5 minutes or more before using different inhalers.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 5 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose and continue with your regular schedule, spacing doses evenly. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Use this medicine regularly. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve. Do not use extra medicine. If your asthma symptoms get worse while you are using this medicine, call your doctor right away.

Do not come in contact with people who have chickenpox or the measles while you are taking this medicine. If you do, call your doctor right away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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
  • chest pain, tightness
  • fever, infection
  • trouble breathing, wheezing
  • unusual swelling
  • white patches or sores in the mouth or throat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning, irritation in throat
  • cough
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • unusual taste or smell

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). The effect of this medicine is less when the canister is cold. Do not puncture the canister or throw on a fire or incinerator. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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