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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 a corticosteroid used to prevent or reduce the frequency and seriousness of asthma attacks. This medicine will NOT help to stop an asthma attack once one starts.
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. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including an infection or illness, diarrhea, a herpes infection near the eye, cataracts, glaucoma, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have tuberculosis (TB) or a positive TB skin test, measles, chickenpox, recently received or are scheduled to receive a vaccine, or if you have had recent surgery or injury. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you are having an asthma attack. Use of this medicine in CHILDREN under age 5 is not recommended. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child. 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. THIS MEDICINE MAY COME with an instruction leaflet. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have before using this medicine. 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. BE SURE you know how to use this medicine. 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 and hold your breath 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. If your doctor has instructed you to use a special spacing device, read the instruction leaflet. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions. RINSE YOUR MOUTH OR GARGLE with water after using this medicine to prevent mouth sores or bad taste. KEEP THE SPRAY AWAY from your eyes. 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 77 degrees F (25 degrees C), away from heat, moisture, and light. Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not puncture, break, or burn container even if it appears empty. Do not use or store near heat or open flames. 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. 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 almost time 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 have had an allergic reaction to it or if you are allergic to any ingredient in this product. THIS MEDICINE WILL NOT STOP AN ASTHMA ATTACK once one has started. IF YOU ARE ALSO USING A BRONCHODILATOR INHALER, be sure to always carry the bronchodilator inhaler with you to use during asthma attacks. IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS for this medicine to give full benefit. Continue to use it as directed during this time. If your symptoms do not get better after regular use or if your asthma gets worse, check with your doctor. AVOID SPRAYING THIS MEDICINE in the eyes. 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. IF YOU STOP TAKING THIS MEDICINE suddenly, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. These may include joint or muscle pain, exhaustion, or depression may occur when you stop taking this medicine. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions for stopping the use of this medicine. 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. SOME PATIENTS MAY HAVE trouble using this medicine correctly. Some may also get mouth sores or a bad taste in the mouth after using it. If you have any of these problems, ask your health care provider if a spacing device may help. 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 IS NOT 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 back pain; headache; dry mouth; hoarseness; nausea; runny nose; throat irritation; or upper respiratory tract infection. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience fainting; severe dizziness; sudden weight loss; unusual weakness; vomiting; or white curd-like patches in the mouth. 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, or tongue. 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: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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