Beclomethasone belongs to the class of drugs known as corticosteroids and is used to prevent and control symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath caused by asthma. By directly reducing irritation and swelling of the airways in the lungs, it facilitates easier breathing. Use this medication regularly to prevent breathing problems such as attacks of wheezing or shortness of breath, it is not intended for immediate relief during an asthma attack.
Uses and Dosage
Beclomethasone is typically delivered via an aerosol inhaler that is used to inhale the medication orally. Be sure to use beclomethasone exactly as directed, without using more or less of it or more often than recommended by your doctor.
During your beclomethasone inhalation treatment, consult your doctor on how you should use your other oral and inhaled medications for asthma. If you were previously taking an oral steroid like dexamethasone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), or prednisone (Rayos), your doctor may want to gradually decrease your steroid dose after starting beclomethasone.
Beclomethasone is effective in controlling symptoms of asthma but does not provide a cure. Improvement may be experienced as early as 24 hours after using the medication, but it may take 1 to 4 weeks of regular use to experience the full effects.
Continue to use beclomethasone even if you feel fine and don’t stop using it without consulting your doctor. Notify your doctor if your symptoms or your child’s symptoms do not improve within the first 4 weeks or worsen.
Although beclomethasone helps to prevent asthma attacks, it does not stop an asthma attack that has already started. Your doctor will prescribe a short-acting inhaler to use during asthma attacks. Notify your doctor if your asthma worsens during your treatment.
Do not use your beclomethasone inhaler when you are close to a flame or a heat source, as the inhaler may explode when exposed to high temperatures.
Each beclomethasone inhaler is intended to deliver 50, 100, or 120 inhalations, depending on its size. After the labeled number of inhalations has been used, subsequent inhalations may not contain the appropriate quantity of medication. Keep track of the number of inhalations you have used, and divide the number of inhalations in your inhaler by the number of inhalations you use each day to estimate the number of days your inhaler will last. Even if it still contains some liquid and continues to release a spray when pressed, discard the inhaler after you have used the labeled number of inhalations.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- back pain
- difficult or painful speech
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- changes in vision
Before using beclomethasone, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you have, as this medication may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially if you have eye disease (such as cataracts or glaucoma), liver disease, thyroid problems, diabetes, stomach/intestinal problems, bone loss (osteoporosis), current or past infections, bleeding problems, or mental/mood conditions.
If you have switched from an oral corticosteroid (such as prednisone tablets) to this inhaler within the past 12 months, or if you have been using this product in higher-than-usual doses for a long time, your body may find it more difficult to respond to physical stress. Before undergoing surgery or emergency treatment, or if you develop a serious illness/injury, notify your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used an oral corticosteroid within the past 12 months.
This medication may mask signs of infection, make you more prone to infections, or worsen current infections. Avoid contact with people who have contagious infections (such as chickenpox, measles, or flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or require further information.
Inform your healthcare provider that you are using beclomethasone before receiving any immunizations/vaccinations. Refrain from contact with individuals who have recently received live vaccines.
This medication may temporarily slow down a child’s growth if used for an extended period. Poorly controlled asthma can also hinder growth. Have your child’s height monitored by the doctor on a regular basis.
During pregnancy, use this medication only when it is clearly required. Consult with your doctor to determine the risks and benefits.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Discuss with your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Qvar Inhaler is available in the following forms and strengths:
Qvar Inhaler inhaler:
Do you need to rinse your mouth after using Qvar Inhaler?
Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after using Qvar Inhaler to help prevent an infection in your mouth or throat.
Does Qvar Inhaler reduce inflammation?
Qvar Inhaler helps reduce airway inflammation.