beclomethasone dipropionate inhaler (Vanceril)

Asthma Attack Treatment

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

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.

PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION: There does not appear to be an increased risk of malformation in children born to mothers exposed to beclomethasone during pregnancy. Additionally, there is no dependency on or withdrawal from the medication. It is not known if beclomethasone is secreted in breast milk. Other medications in this class of medications are secreted into breast milk, but is not known whether the small amounts that appear in milk have any effect on the infant.

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.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/4/2016

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