beclomethasone inhalation (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
You should not use beclomethasone if you are allergic to it.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have been sick or had an infection of any kind (especially tuberculosis). You may not be able to use beclomethasone until you are well.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether beclomethasone will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Beclomethasone inhalation can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Beclomethasone can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.
Beclomethasone should not be given to a child younger than 5 years old.
How should I use beclomethasone inhalation (Qvar)?
Beclomethasone will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine for an asthma attack.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use, and directions for priming the inhaler device. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Prime the inhaler device before the first use by pumping 2 test sprays into the air, away from your face. Prime the inhaler if it has not been used for longer than 10 days.
To reduce the chance of developing a yeast infection, rinse your mouth with water after using beclomethasone. Do not swallow.
Do not wash your inhaler device or allow it to get wet. Wipe the mouthpiece with a clean dry tissue or cloth at least once per week.
Keep track of the number of sprays you have used.
Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. Always use the new device provided with the medication when you get your prescription filled.
Beclomethasone can weaken your immune system. Your blood may need to be tested often.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment.
Asthma is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor.
Seek medical attention if you think your asthma medications are not working as well. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack. Your dose needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.
If you switched to beclomethasone inhalation from an oral (taken by mouth) steroid, you may need to restart the oral medicine if you are under stress or have an asthma attack or other medical emergency. Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you may need an oral steroid in an emergency.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the medicine canister away from open flame or high heat, such as in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty inhaler canister.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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