beclomethasone (HFA)-oral aerosol inhaler, Qvar
GENERIC NAME: BECLOMETHASONE (HFA) - ORAL AEROSOL INHALER (beck-low-METH-uh-sown)
BRAND NAME(S): Qvar
USES: Beclomethasone belongs to a group of drugs called corticosteroids. Inhaled corticosteroids work directly in the lungs to open airways and make breathing easier by relieving inflammation. This medication must be used regularly to prevent wheezing and shortness of breath caused by asthma, bronchitis or emphysema. This medication does not work immediately. Therefore it does not relieve an acute attack.
HOW TO USE: Make sure you understand how to use the inhaler properly. Consult your pharmacist. When using the inhaler for the first time or after stopping the drug for more than a week, prime the unit as directed. A fine mist indicates that the inhaler is working properly. If more than one inhalation is prescribed, wait one full minute between inhalations so you get the full effects of the first dose. If using other inhalers, wait several minutes between the use of each inhaler, and use this one (the corticosteroid) last. Gargle and rinse your mouth after using this to help prevent dryness, relieve throat irritation and to prevent oral yeast infections. Do not swallow the rinse solution. Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not use it more frequently without your doctor's approval. This medicine is not interchangeable with other corticosteroid inhaler products you may have used. This is due to the CFC-free propellant (ozone safe), which delivers medicine to your lungs more efficiently. Consult your pharmacist. Your dose is adjusted based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Maximum benefit may occur after 3-4 weeks.
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