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Beclomethasone dipropionate

Last updated on 26/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Beclomethasone dipropionate

ALTERNATIVE NAME: Beclomethasone, Beclometasone, Beclometasone dipropionate

CHINESE NAME: 貝克每松

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Beconase 鼻可靈, Beclazone

DRUG CLASS: Corticosteroids

SUB CLASS: Glucocorticoids

USED FOR: Asthma, Non-allergic rhinitis, Allergic rhinitis

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 50mcg, 100mcg, 250mcg (inhalers)
– 42mcg, 50mcg (nasal spray)

What is Beclomethasone dipropionate for?

Beclomethasone dipropionate belongs to a class of medications called glucocorticoids. It is used for asthma prophylaxis. It is also indicated for the treatment of allergic rhinitis (both seasonal and perennial), as well as non-allergic rhinitis.

How to use it?

Beclomethasone dipropionate is commonly inhaled orally as a metered dose inhaler (MDI), or intranasally as nasal spray. 

For prevention of asthma:
Patients ≥12 years of age:
200-1000 mg daily divided into 2 doses, based on the severity of asthma and clinical judgement.
Children 5-11 years of age:
50-100 mg twice daily.

To use the metered dose inhaler, first hold the inhaler in an upright position with the mouthpiece down. Turn your head away from the inhaler and breathe out. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth between your teeth and close your lips around it. Just after starting to breathe in through your mouth, press down on the top of the inhaler to release the medication while still breathing in steadily and deeply. Hold your breath for about 5-10 seconds, then exhale slowly. If you need to take more than 1 puff, wait about 30s and repeat.

For allergic rhinitis (50 mcg formulation):
Patients ≥12 years of age:
2 sprays per nostril once daily.
Children 5-11 years of age:
1 sprays per nostril once daily.

For allergic and non-allergic rhinitis (42 mcg formulation):
Patients ≥12 years of age:
1-2 sprays per nostril twice daily.
Children 6-11 years of age:
1 spray per nostril twice daily.

Gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils. Close 1 nostril. Tilt your head forward slightly and keep the bottle upright, carefully insert the nasal applicator into the other nostril. Point the nozzle toward the outer side of the nostril and away from the centre of your nose. Press firmly and breathe gently inward through the nostril, then breathe out through your mouth. Repeat in the other nostril.

What are the side effects of Beclomethasone dipropionate?

Common side effects of oral inhalation Beclomethasone dipropionate include oral candidiasis, upper respiratory infection, nasopharyngitis, allergic rhinitis, oropharyngeal pain, and sinusitis.

Who should not take Beclomethasone dipropionate?

People who are allergic to Beclomethasone dipropionate or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Do not suddenly stop using this medication.
– It may take a few weeks to see the full effect.
– Avoid spraying into the eyes.
– Avoid exposure to chickenpox or measles. If an exposure occurs, seek medical help immediately.
– This drug may make you more susceptible to infections. Seek medical help immediately if you have symptoms such as fever and sore throat.

Nasal inhalation:
– Some products may need to be shaken well before use.
– Prime the new spray bottle before you use it for the first time. Prime it by pointing it away from your face and spraying into the air 4-6 times. If you do not use this medicine for 7 days in a row or longer, you will need to prime the spray again.

Oral inhalation:
– Shake well before each spray.
– Prime the new inhaler before you use it for the first time. Prime it by pointing it away from your face and spraying into the air 2 times.
– Rinse mouth with water without swallowing after use.
– A spacer is recommended for children and patients who cannot use the inhaler properly.
– The drug is not indicated to treat acute asthma symptoms or acute exacerbations. Seek medical advice immediately if your asthma remains uncontrolled or worsens after initiation of treatment.

Common dosing schedule:
N/A.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Beclomethasone dipropionate may interact with:
Desmopressin

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Beclomethasone dipropionate in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Beclomethasone dipropionate is a medicine under supervised sales and can be purchased under the supervision of a pharmacist from any pharmacies in Hong Kong. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Beclomethasone dipropionate in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk