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Beclomethasone Description

Beclomethasone Description


Pronunciation: (be kloe meth' a sone)

Trade Name(s): Baycort, Beclate Aquanase, Beclate Inhaler, Beclate nasal spray, Beclate Rotacaps, Becordie Forte, Becoride, Becoride Junior, Belar Cream, Translipo-B, Zovate Cream

Why it is prescribed:
1. Beclomethasone is a corticosteroid, which is similar to a natural substance produced by your adrenal glands.
2. It is used to treat asthma.
3. Beclomethasone is also used to shrink nasal polyps (lumps) and prevent them from returning after surgical removal and to relieve runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and itching of the nose and upper throat.
4. It may also decrease itching, redness and watering of the eyes and eyelid puffiness, especially if these symptoms are caused by allergies.
5. Beclomethasone nasal inhalation does not provide immediate relief from runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and itching.
6. Your doctor may recommend decongestant nose drops or spray or an oral antihistamine to help control your symptoms.

When it is to be taken:
1. Beclomethasone usually is used two to four times a day. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully.
2. Take Beclomethasone at evenly spaced intervals between the time you wake up in the morning and the time you go to bed at night. For example, if your doctor tells you to take it three times a day, take it at 7 a.m., 3 p.m., and bedtime.
3. Although your asthma may improve when you start to use beclomethasone and nasal symptoms usually are relieved within several days, you may need to use beclomethasone regularly for several weeks before you get its full effects.

How it should be taken:
1. Beclomethasone comes in the form of aerosol for oral inhalation or aerosol for nasal inhalation.
2. Your prescription label tells you how many inhalations to take at each dose.
3. Before you take beclomethasone, read the written instructions that come with it. Ask your doctor to demonstrate the proper technique, and practice using your inhaler while in his or her presence.
4. After each treatment with the oral inhaler, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash to remove any remaining drug.
5. If you have difficulty getting the orally inhaled medication into your lungs, a 'spacer' may help.

Special Instruction:
1. Once a day, remove the metal canister from the oral or nasal inhaler and rinse the mouthpiece or nosepiece and ca with warm water; dry them thoroughly.
2. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory; especially if you take beclomethasone for a long time, Checkups are particularly important for children.
3. Beclomethasone must be used regularly to be effective. However, do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor has directed.
4. If your symptoms do not improve or if your condition worsens, contact your doctor.

Side Effects:
1. Voice problems are frequent . Rest your voice. Dry or irritated throat or mouth, tongue irritation, abnormal sense of taste are commonly seen with oral inhalation. Rinse your mouth with water after each treatment.
2. Increased wheezing, difficulty breathing, creamy white, curd like patches on your tongue and in your mouth, mouth or lip sores are seen rarely.
3. Nasal burning, irritation or bleeding are common with nasal inhalation. If these problems persist, contact your doctor.
4. Sneezing attack is rare. After the attack stops, blow your nose to clear it and repeat the dose. If attacks persist, contact your doctor. You may need to switch to another drug.

Other Precautions:
1. Before you take beclomethasone, tell your doctor regarding your prescription and nonprescription medications, especially oral corticosteroids, aspirin, arthritis medication, and estrogen.
2. Before you take beclomethasone, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
3. Before you take this drug, tell your doctor your entire medical history.
4. If you are switching or have recently switched from an oral corticosteroid to beclomethasone inhalation and have an injury, infection or severe asthma attack, take a full dose of the corticosteroid and contact your doctor for further instructions.

Storage Conditions:
1. Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
2. Store it at room temperature, away from excessive heath and cold.
3. Do not puncture your inhaler or store it near an open flame.

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