The beclomethasone inhaler is used for preventing asthma attacks in adults and children over the age of five. The medication decreases the inflammation of airways that make asthma attacks more likely. Beclomethasone comes in a metered-dose inhaler that is generally used twice a day. Possible side effects that may occur with the beclomethasone inhaler include headache, back pain, sore throat, and nausea.
(Click What Are Beclomethasone Inhalers Used For? for more information on beclomethasone inhaler uses, including possible off-label uses of the medication.)
Beclomethasone inhalers are made by Ivax Laboratories.
Normally, air moves easily into and out of the lungs through a network of airways. If you have asthma, however, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating (see Asthma Triggers). When the airways react, a few things happen. The muscles around these airways tighten, inflammation inside the airways increases, and cells inside the airways produce more mucus. This narrows the airways and makes it harder to breathe.
The beclomethasone inhaler is an asthma medication that belongs to a group of drugs called inhaled corticosteroids, or steroids for short. Inhaled steroids go directly into the lungs and help to decrease the inflammation of airways that makes asthma attacks more likely. Because beclomethasone inhalers do not work quickly, it should not be used for treating an asthma attack. Rather, it is used twice a day in order to prevent asthma attacks.
Because the beclomethasone inhaler is inhaled directly into the lungs, the rest of the body is exposed to lower steroid levels, compared to steroids taken by mouth. This helps reduce or eliminate many of the side effects associated with long-term steroid use.
(Click Asthma Treatment for information about other medicines used for treating asthma.)