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Drug Information For:
QVAR 80MCG ORAL INHALER 120 DOSES
Ingredient Name:BECLOMETHASONE (be-kloe-METH-a-sone)
Drug Manufacturer:IVAX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Common Uses:This medicine is an inhaled corticosteroid used to prevent asthma symptoms. It will not stop an asthma attack once one has started.
Before Using This Medicine:Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including a history of other lung or breathing problems; increased pressure in the eye, glaucoma, or cataracts; an immune system problem; a herpes infection of the eye; a bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection; a viral infection (eg, chickenpox, measles, shingles); allergies; pregnancy; or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have tuberculosis (TB) or if you have had a positive TB skin test, or if you have recently been vaccinated. Tell your doctor if you have a personal or family history of osteoporosis (weak bones), or if you have risk factors for developing osteoporosis, including if you will be confined to a bed or chair for a long period of time, or long-term use of seizure medicines (eg, carbamazepine) or corticosteroids (eg, prednisone). Tell your doctor if you have ever had to stop taking another medicine for asthma because you were allergic to it or had other problems with it, or if you are taking or have previously taken another corticosteroid (eg, budesonide) by mouth or by inhalation. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you are having an asthma attack. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about taking this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine:Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. AN EXTRA PATIENT LEAFLET is available with this medicine. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information. INHALE THIS MEDICINE through the mouth. BEFORE USING THIS MEDICINE, be sure that the canister is properly inserted into the inhaler unit. YOU MUST PRIME THE INHALER before you use it for the first time. You must also prime the inhaler if it is not used for more than 10 days. To prime the inhaler, remove the plastic cap and spray the inhaler 2 times into the air away from your face and eyes. TO USE A DOSE, remove the plastic cap and breathe out slowly and completely. Place the mouthpiece between your lips and try to rest your tongue flat, unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Your doctor may have told you to position the mouthpiece between your lips or to hold the inhaler 1 or 2 inches (2 or 3 centimeters) away from your open mouth or to use a special spacing device. EXHALE SLOWLY. AS YOU START TO TAKE A SLOW, DEEP BREATH, PRESS THE CANISTER AND MOUTHPIECE TOGETHER at exactly the same time to administer a dose of this medicine. Continue inhaling slowly and deeply, remove the inhaler away from your mouth, and hold your breath for about 10 seconds or for as long as comfortable, then exhale slowly through pursed lips or through your nose. If more than 1 inhalation is to be used, wait a few minutes and repeat the above process. KEEP THE SPRAY AWAY from your eyes. REPLACE THE MOUTH PIECE cover after each use. Clean the mouthpiece weekly with a clean, dry tissue or cloth. RINSE YOUR MOUTH with water after each use to prevent mouth or throat infections. DO NOT swallow the rinse water. Spit it out. DO NOT USE NEAR heat or an open flame. KEEP THE INHALER CLEAN and dry at all times. DO NOT wash the inhaler or put any part of it in water. THIS MEDICINE MAY HAVE A DOSE COUNTER to help you keep track of how many doses are left. If it does, you will see a black dot in the dose counter until this medicine has been primed 2 times. The dose counter will count down sprays in units of 2. Throw the medicine away when the dose counter has a "0" in it. It may no longer give the correct amount of medicine with each dose. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not puncture, break, or burn container even if it appears empty. Never throw the container into a fire. Contents are under pressure. Do not expose to temperatures above 120 degrees F (40 degrees C). KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. Continue to use this medicine even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. Use this medicine on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as possible, then go back to your regular dosing schedule. If it is almosttime for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT use 2 doses at once.
Cautions:DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine. Lab tests may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE WILL NOT STOP AN ASTHMA ATTACK once one has started. Be sure to carry a rescue inhaler (eg, albuterol) with you at all times to treat any breathing problems that may occur between doses of this medicine (eg, severe or sudden onset of wheezing or shortness of breath). If you have any questions about which medicines stop asthma attacks, check with your doctor or pharmacist. TELL YOUR DOCTOR AT ONCE if you notice that your rescue inhaler does not work as well, if you need to use it often (eg, 4 or more times a day for more than 2 days in a row; more than 1 canister in 8 weeks), or if you have a decrease in your peak flow meter results. IMPROVEMENT IN ASTHMA CONTROL can occur within 24 hours of beginning treatment, although the maximum effect of this medicine may take as long as 4 weeks, or longer. If symptoms do not get better within that period of time or if they get worse, check with your doctor. Do NOT use more than the recommended dose, use for longer than prescribed, decrease your dose, or stop using this medicine without checking with your doctor. USE CAUTION IF YOU SWITCH from an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) to this medicine. It may take several months for your body to make enough natural steroids to handle events that cause physical stress. Such events may include injury, surgery, infection, loss of blood electrolytes, or a sudden asthma attack. These may be severe and sometimes fatal. Contact your doctor right away if any of these events occur. You may need to take an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) again. CARRY A CARD AT ALL TIMES that says you may need an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) if any of these events occur. TELL YOUR DOCTOR AT ONCE if you switch from an oral corticosteroid to this medicine and you notice symptoms such as runny nose, red or irritated eyes, muscle and joint pain, exhaustion, depression, unusual weakness, or severe or persistent nausea or vomiting. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine. IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Tell your doctor right away if you are exposed to anyone who has these infections. Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and TEENAGERS in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use this medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. IT ISNOT KNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you use this medicine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible Side Effects:SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medicine include headache, sinus or throat irritation, or stuffy nose. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. THIS MEDICINE MAY LOWER the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills. THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE SEVERE BREATHING PROBLEMS right after you use a dose. Sometimes, this can be life-threatening. If this happens, use a rescue inhaler and seek medical care at once. Do not use any more doses of this medicine unless instructed by your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience fainting; new or worsening asthma symptoms (eg, chest tightness, increased wheezing or coughing); redness or white patches in the mouth or throat; severe dizziness; shortness of breath after using this medicine; sudden weight loss; unusual weakness; vision changes (eg, cloudy vision, decreased vision); or vomiting. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat or tongue; unusual hoarseness. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Overdose:If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Additional Information:TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST about all of your asthma medicines and how to use them. Your doctor may make changes to your asthma-control medicines once your asthma is well controlled. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any asthma medicine unless your doctor tells you to. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. IF YOU WILL BE USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, be sure to obtain necessary refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.
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