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NZ Formulary

Beclometasone (for inhalation)

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What does it do?

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Beclometasone is a steroid medicine that helps to prevent asthma symptoms and breathing problems.

Before you start

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  • Tell your doctor if you have diabetes, cataracts, osteoporosis or glaucoma, or if you have ever had tuberculosis.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

How should you use it?

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Inhale beclometasone as directed by your healthcare professional.
Rinse your mouth after use.
Beclometasone works best when used every day.
If you need quick relief from asthma symptoms or breathing problems, use your ‘reliever’ medicine (e.g. salbutamol, terbutaline, ipratropium).

What if you forget a dose?

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If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and inhale your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, inhale the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not inhale two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

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Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

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Side EffectsRecommended action

Dry mouth or throat, hoarse voice, cough

Unpleasant taste

Small white sores in mouth, furry tongue (oral thrush)

Use a spacer and rinse your mouth after use. If symptoms continue, tell your doctor.

Headache, dizziness

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

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  • Do not stop using your inhaler without talking to your doctor first.
  • Some people with asthma may get short of breath after taking certain pain-relieving medicines such as aspirin (e.g. Aspec®), diclofenac (e.g. Voltaren®) or ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen®). Talk to your healthcare professional.
  • Long-term use of beclometasone may rarely cause effects such as: round face, change in body shape, change in hair growth, thin skin, weak muscles, increased risk of infection, increased blood pressure, diabetes and slowed growth in children – discuss with your healthcare professional.
  • The use of inhalers can sometimes make breathing worse. Discuss this with your healthcare professional.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

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Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023

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My Medicines is developed by a team at Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed