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Brand Name(s) : Clipper, Beconase, Beclazone, Clenil, Clenil Modulite, Pulvinal Beclometasone Dipropionate, Easyhaler Beclometasone Dipropionate, Beclometasone Cyclocaps, Fostair (in combination with formoterol fumarate)
Side Effects


Beclometasone (inhaled or nasal spray) should be used with caution in: people who have or ever had tuberculosis, patients who have been taking steroids for a long time either as an injection or by mouth, those just starting to take inhaled beclometasone in addition to oral steroid tablets, or patients using the nasal spray who have an infection of the nose or had recently had an injury or operation to their nose.

It should not be used in people who are allergic or sensitive to beclometasone or to any of the ingredients in the medicine.

Beclometasone tablets should be used with caution by:

  • People with high blood pressure
  • People with diabetes or family history of diabetes
  • People with osteoporosis (weak bones)
  • People with increased eye pressure (glaucoma) or family history of glaucoma
  • People with eye cataracts (cloudy looking eyes)
  • People with a stomach or duodenal ulcer
  • People with decreased liver or kidney function
  • People with mental health problems or family history of mental health problems
  • People taking steroid tablets or other steroids

It should not be used by:

  • People who are allergic or sensitive to beclometasone or to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • Children
  • People who have ever had tuberculosis (TB)
  • People with any type of infection
  • People with serious liver disease (e.g. liver cirrhosis)

Beclometasone topical preparations (cream or ointment) should be used with caution in: children and psoriasis, and their prolonged use avoided on the face.

It should be avoided in: untreated bacterial, fungal, viral skin infection, in acne, in rosacea (a skin condition that affects the face), and in perioral dermatitis (a rash on the skin around the mouth); and in widespread plaque psoriasis.

Also see list of precautions and interactions.


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Beclometasone is used to treat a number of problems. In general, this drug is used to prevent the symptoms of asthma, but is also used in the prevention and treatment of inflammation of the nose (e.g. for hayfever), treatment of mild or moderate ulcerative colitis (inflammation and ulcers in the colon [large bowel] and rectum) when given together with other drugs called aminosalicylates and to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

It is a member of a class of drugs called corticosteroids, sometimes known as a glucocorticoid or steroid.

Beclometasone is used to treat asthma by reducing inflammation in the lung which helps to keep the airways open and make it easier to breathe properly. Beclometasone is taken using an inhaler device to treat asthma so that the medicine is delivered directly to the lungs where it is needed. It is known as a 'preventer' medicine as it is taken regularly every day to reduce the inflammation and prevent asthma attacks. Beclometasone is used to treat allergic rhinitis and vasomotor rhinitis (non-allergic) by reducing the inflammation in the nasal passages when taken using a nasal spray. Allergic rhinitis is a condition with inflammation of the nose arising from an allergy, such as pollen in hay fever or house dust mites or animal fur leading to cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness and runny nose. Vasomotor rhinitis has similar symptoms and arises from oversensitive blood vessels in the nose. Beclometasone is used to treat ulcerative colitis by reducing inflammation in the colon and rectum.

Benefits of being on this drug include the prevention of exacerbations (worsening) of asthma by reducing inflammation of the airways.

Listed below are the typical uses of beclometasone:

However on occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on this list.


Beclometasone is available as several different types of inhaler device. It is also available as a nasal spray, tablets and cream or ointment. It can be taken with or without food. If you have been given a steroid warning card by your doctor or pharmacist, it is important to carry it with you at all times while you are taking corticosteroids.

How often do I take it?

Beclometasone inhaler

  • Take this medication by inhalation usually twice daily.
  • It is important to rinse your mouth out with water after inhaling each dose as this reduces you chance of getting side effects such as hoarseness and infections of the throat and mouth.
  • Use this medication regularly, every day in order to get the most benefit from it as this is a 'preventer' medicine. A ‘reliever’ medicine (fast-acting bronchodilator) is needed to give you immediate relief of any sudden asthma attacks.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • It may take about 5 -14 days before you notice any benefits of this drug.

Beclometasone nasal spray (for adults and children over 6 years old)

  • Take this medication using the nasal spray usually once or twice daily.
  • It may take a few days before the full benefit of this medicine takes effect.

Beclometasone tablets (for adults only)

  • The usual adult dose is to take this medication orally once daily in the morning for a maximum of four weeks. The tablet should be swallowed whole with water and must not be chewed or crushed.
  • It may take a few days before the full benefit of this medicine takes effect.

Beclometasone cream and ointment

  • apply thinly to the skin once or twice daily.

  • Use this medication for the duration of prescription in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • This medicine is unlikely to affect driving ability or the ability to operate machinery.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well, unless your doctor tells you to stop.


Inhaled beclometasone:

  • Thrush in the mouth or throat
  • Sore tongue or throat
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Infections of the lung, such as pneumonia, in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Risk of reduced bone density (can lead to brittle bones) with long-term use
  • Potential for slowed growth in children at high doses
  • Diseases affecting the nerve to the eye (glaucoma) or clouding of the eye lens (cataracts) are only a risk with prolonged and high doses
  • Bronchospasm (muscle bands around the airways tighten uncontrollably, causing the airways to narrow). Stope your medicine and speak to your doctor immediately if this happens.
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Hyperactivity.

Beclometasone nasal spray:

  • Dry or painful mouth or throat
  • Nose bleeds
  • Mild allergic reaction (rash, red patches of skin, itching)
  • Pain in the eyes or blurred vision
  • Damage to the nose
  • Potential for slowed growth in children.

Beclometasone tablets:

  • Depression
  • Feeling high (mania)
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Confusion
  • Feeling, seeing or hearing things which do not exist
  • Having strange and frightening thoughts
  • Feeling sick
  • Constipation
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Very heavy periods
  • Fever
  • Muscle cramps

Beclometasone topical preparations (cream or ointment):

  • Spread or worsening of untreated infection
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Skin rash
  • Acne or worsening of acne or rosacea
  • Mild skin discoloration

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: any of the side-effects you think affect your mental state, eyesight, growth, and any episodes of bronchospasm.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.


Before taking beclometasone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or to any of its ingredients; to other corticosteroids; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: an infection. Particular forms of beclometasone have specific precautions. Please consult the patient information leaflet for specific information.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following: recent steroid injections, or if you have been taking oral steroids at all, particularly if taken for a long time or at a high dose.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol intake is not known to affect beclometasone.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below.


Beclometasone taken by inhalation is suitable to take during pregnancy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this. However, the administration of beclometasone during pregnancy requires that the benefits for the mother be weighed against the risk for the unborn baby. Do not use beclometasone unless your doctor tells you to

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.


It is not known if beclometasone passes into breast milk. When beclometasone is used in breastfeeding mothers the therapeutic benefits must be weighed against the potential hazards to mother and baby. Talk to your doctor before using beclometasone. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.


Before using this medicine, tell your prescriber of all the medicines you are taking including prescription medicines and medicines you have bought over the counter without a prescription. Tell your prescriber if you are taking vitamins or complementary remedies such as herbal products, as these can also interact with medicines.

If you are taking more than one medicine, these may interact with each other. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines which interact with each other if the benefit outweighs the risks. In these cases, the dose of your medicines may need to be adjusted or you may be monitored more closely.

The following medicines may interact with beclometasone:

  • Carbamazepine
  • Blood thinning medicines such as warfarin
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenytoin
  • Rifampicin
  • Aspirin
  • Mifepristone
  • Ketoconazole
  • Itraconazole

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, tell your prescriber of all the products you are using before taking this medicine.

If you have a question or want to discuss anything about your medicine, speak to your local pharmacist.


There are no reports of overdoses with this drug.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of beclometazone or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.


If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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