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Beclomethasone

Generic Prescription Drug

Pronounced: BECK-low-METH-ah-sone

Beclomethasone is a type of steroid used for respiratory problems. Beclovent and Vanceril are prescribed for the prevention of recurring symptoms of bronchial asthma.

Beconase and Vancenase are used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and to prevent regrowth of nasal polyps following surgical removal.

Inhaled corticosteroids will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started. However your doctor may want you to continue taking this medicine at the usual time even if you use another medicine to relieve the asthma attack.

Strengths of beclomethasone inhalers are different in the U.S. and Canada.In Canada they are as follows:

Vanceril 50mcg

Beclomethasone 50mcg (inhaled and nasal)

Qvar 50mcg 100mcg
NOTE: Doctor’s permission is required to substitute QVAR for Vanceril / Beclomethasone as a higher quantity is dispersed by QVAR inhaler.

In the U.S. they are as follows:

Vanceril 42mcg

Beclovent 42mcg

Qvar 40mcg 80mcg

Beconase 42mcg (nasal)

ADULTS

Beclomethasone Oral Inhalant

The usual recommended dose for adults and children 12 years of age and over is 2 inhalations (84-100mcg) taken 3 to 4 times a day. Four inhalations (168-200mcg) taken twice daily have been shown to be effective in some people. If you have severe asthma your doctor may advise you to start with a higher dose than normal.

For Qvar a CFC-free form of the drug the recommended starting dose is 40 to 100 micrograms twice daily if you've been using bronchodilators alone and 40 to 200 micrograms if you've been using other inhaled steroid products.

Beclomethasone Nasal Inhalation

For adults and children 12 years of age and over the dosage of Vancenase PocketHaler is 1 inhalation (42-50mcg) in each nostril 2 to 4 times a day. A 3-times-daily schedule is often sufficient.

Beclomethasone Nasal Spray

For adults and children 12 years of age and older the usual dosage is 1 or 2 inhalations (42-100mcg) in each nostril 2 to 4 times a day depending on the brand.

CHILDREN

Beclomethasone Oral Inhalant

Children 6 to 12 years of age: The usual recommended dose is 1 or 2 (42-100mcg) inhalations 3 or 4 times a day. Four inhalations (168-200) twice daily have been effective for some children.

Safety and effectiveness in children under 12 have not been established for the Qvar brand of beclomethasone.

Beclomethasone Nasal Inhalation

Children 6 to 12 years of age: The usual dose of beclomethasone is 1 inhalation (42-50mcg) 3 times a day.

Beclomethasone Nasal Spray

Children 6 to 12 years of age: The usual dosage is 1 inhalation (42-50mcg) in each nostril 2 or 3 times daily. Some children may need 2 inhalations (84-100mcg).

Beclomethasone should not be given to children under the age of 6 unless advised by your doctor.
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