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Last Updated on Dec 12, 2017
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General Information on Beclomethasone Dipropionate

Generic Name : Beclomethasone Dipropionate

Latest prescription information about Beclomethasone Dipropionate. Learn its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y45.9 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Inflammatory Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Beclomethasone Dipropionate

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Overview of Beclomethasone Dipropionate

Beclomethasone is a corticosteroid that is used to prevent inflammation in several conditions.

Why is Beclomethasone Dipropionate Prescribed? (Indications)

Beclomethasone is a corticosteroid and an anti-inflammatory drug. It is used for the treatment of several inflammatory conditions.
It is used as inhalation for the prevention of bronchial asthma, nasal spray for rhinitis and prevention of recurrence of nasal polyps after surgical removal, orally for mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis, and on the skin for inflammatory skin conditions.
The inhalational form is not useful in patients with an acute attack of asthma.
This medication is prescribed for seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis in adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older. 

When should Beclomethasone Dipropionate not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Beclomethasone is contraindicated in patients allergic to the drug.

What is the dosage of Beclomethasone Dipropionate?

Oral: 5 mg tablet once a day in the morning
Initial dose: 40 to 80 mcg twice a day
Maximum dose: 320 mcg twice a day
Nasal spray: 100 mcg in each nostril twice a day for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and 50 mcg in each nostril twice a day for prevention
Cream 0.025%: A thin film should be applied once or twice a day on the affected area
Lotion: Should be applied twice a day once in morning and once in night

How should Beclomethasone Dipropionate be taken?

The dosage is based on medical condition and response to treatment.
If the prescribed dose is two puffs, wait at least one minute between them. If other inhalers are prescribed for use at the same time, wait at least 1 minute between the use of each medication and use beclomethasone last.
The mouth should be rinsed after oral inhalation to prevent oral candidiasis and hoarseness of voice.

What are the warnings and precautions for Beclomethasone Dipropionate?

Beclomethasone may mask signs of infection. It can make patients more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections.
Patients are advised to wash their hands after skin application
Caution is advised in patients with diabetes, stomach and intestinal ulcer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, mental problems like depression, glaucoma, cataract and seizures, since beclomethasone can worsen these conditions
Caution is also advised in patients with kidney and liver disease, myasthenia gravis, heart attack and hypoadrenalism
The nasal spray should be avoided in patients with recent nasal septal ulcers
Beclomethasone should not be used following trauma or surgery since it delays wound healing
Use with caution in pregnancy, breastfeeding women and in children

What are the side effects of Beclomethasone Dipropionate?

  Digestive tract: Oral candidiasis, unpleasant taste
  Respiratory tract: Cough, breathlessness, hoarseness of voice, bleeding or dryness of the nose
  Nervous system: Headache, vertigo, tremors
  Eye: Increase in eye pressure, glaucoma
  Others: Allergic reaction, problems with wound healing. Side effects that may occur with prolonged oral use include mental issues, osteoporosis, Cushing syndrome, growth restriction in children, adrenal suppression

What are the other precautions for Beclomethasone Dipropionate?

Avoid excess dosage.
Corticosteroids such as this drug may pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in a child who is breastfed.

What are the Drug Interactions of Beclomethasone Dipropionate?

Beclomethasone could reduce the effect of drugs that include aldesleukin, corticorelin, hyaluronidase, nivolumab, sipuleucel-T, tertomotide and inactivated vaccines
Beclomethasone may worsen the low blood potassium caused by amphotericin B, thiazide diuretics or loop diuretics, the high blood sugar caused by ceritinib, the sodium lowering effect of desmopressin, the immunity lowering effect of fingolimod and tofacitinib and the adverse effect of deferacirox, denosumab, leflunomide.
Beclomethasone may increase the risk of infections with natalizumab.
Ocrelizumab may enhance the immunosuppressant action of beclomethasone, while pimecrolimus and tacrolimus may worsen its toxic effect and trastuzumab may worsen its neutrophil reducing effect.

What are the storage conditions for Beclomethasone Dipropionate?

Store it at room temperature (15C to 30C).
Do not throw the inhaler into fire or incinerate.

Last Updated : Dec - 2017

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