In clinical studies, people using beclomethasone inhalers had improvements in breathing and asthma symptoms, compared to those not using the inhaler. In studies, people already taking oral steroids for asthma were able to decrease or eliminate their oral steroid when they began using the beclomethasone inhaler.
The beclomethasone inhaler is not an asthma cure.
Some general considerations for when and how to use the beclomethasone inhaler include the following:
- Beclomethasone comes in a metered-dose inhaler (called an "MDI").
- The beclomethasone inhaler is used twice a day every day. It is used to prevent asthma attacks, not to treat them.
- You should "test spray" a beclomethasone inhaler before your first use of it or if you have not used it for more than ten days. To test spray the inhaler, spray it into the air twice by pressing the top of the canister.
- Wait at least one minute in between inhalations.
- Rinse your mouth (without swallowing) after each beclomethasone inhaler dose in order to prevent thrush.
- It is important to learn exactly how to use your beclomethasone inhaler. It may be difficult at first and may require practice.
- The spray should be inhaled into the lungs, not sprayed onto the back of the throat and swallowed. To accomplish this, you will need to breathe in while spraying the inhaler.
- Most people put the mouthpiece of the inhaler directly into their mouths. However, many healthcare professionals now recommend placing the inhaler an inch or two away from the mouth. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way for you to use the inhaler.
- Each inhaler contains 100 sprays. Try to keep track of approximately how many sprays you have used in order to know when to replace the inhaler. Do not place the inhaler in water to see if it is empty (although it was recommended to do so in the past).
- For the beclomethasone inhaler to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.