beclomethasone dipropionate inhaler (Vanceril)

GENERIC NAME: beclomethasone dipropionate inhaler

BRAND NAME: Vanceril

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Beclomethasone is a synthetic steroid of the glucocorticoid family. The naturally-occurring glucocorticoid (cortisol or hydrocortisone) is produced in the adrenal glands. Glucocorticoid steroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions. When used as an inhaler, the medication goes directly into the lungs, and very little finds its way into the rest of the body. Therefore, in comparison with glucocorticoids that are taken orally, beclomethasone has fewer side effects.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Inhaler 42 mcg/actuation; 84 mcg/actuation.

STORAGE: Beclomethasone should be kept at room temperature, 15-30°C (59-86°F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Beclomethasone is used for the control of bronchial asthma in persons requiring continuous treatment. Such patients may include those with frequent asthmatic episodes that require medications to dilate the airways in the lung or those with asthmatic episodes at night.

DOSING: Beclomethasone is used to prevent attacks of asthma and not to treat active attacks of asthma. Doses vary widely. The medication requires continuous use to be effective. Some benefit may be noted as soon as three days after starting treatment, but optimal benefit usually is not seen until after two to three weeks.




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