- beclometasone dipropionate
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Easyhaler Beclometasone 200 micrograms/dose inhalation powder
Package Leaflet: Information for the user
Easyhaler Beclometasone 200 micrograms/dose
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Easyhaler Beclometasone is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Easyhaler Beclometasone
3. How to use Easyhaler Beclometasone
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Easyhaler Beclometasone
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT EASYHALER BECLOMETASONE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Easyhaler Beclometasone is packed in an inhaler called Easyhaler. Beclometasone dipropionate belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids (often just called steroids). A very small dose of steroid is needed when it is inhaled. This is because it is inhaled straight to your lungs. Easyhaler Beclometasone works by reducing swelling and irritation in the lungs. They have what is called an ‘anti-inflammatory action’.
Easyhaler Beclometasone helps to prevent asthma in people who need regular treatment. This is why they are sometimes called ‘preventers’. They need to be used regularly, every day.
Easyhaler Beclometasone will not help treat sudden asthma attacks where you feel breathless.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE EASYHALER BECLOMETASONE
Do not use Easyhaler Beclometasone if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to:
Do not use Easyhaler Beclometasone if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Easyhaler® Beclometasone.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Easyhaler Beclometasone:
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Easyhaler Beclometasone.
Easyhaler Beclometasone is not recommended for use in children
Other medicines and Easyhaler Beclometasone
Easyhaler Beclometasone with food and drink
You can use Easyhaler Beclometasone at any time of day, with or without food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Easyhaler Beclometasone is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
Easyhaler Beclometasone contains lactose
Lactose contains small amounts of milk proteins, which may cause allergic reaction. If you have been told by your doctor that you do not tolerate certain kinds of sugars, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
The amount of lactose in Easyhaler Beclometasone (approximately 7mg per dose) does not normally cause problems in lactose intolerant people.
3. HOW TO USE EASYHALER BECLOMETASONE
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
The usual dose for Easyhaler Beclometasone is:
Adults (over 18 years) including the Older people:
Your doctor will start you on a dose appropriate to your condition.
For prevention and long-term use the usual starting dose is one puff (actuation) (200 micrograms) twice a day.
This may be increased to three to four puffs (actuations) (600-800 micrograms) per day, and then reduced when your condition has improved. The total daily dose may be given in two, three or four divided doses.
Easyhaler Beclometasone is not recommended for use in children.
If you are using high doses of an inhaled steroid for a long time you may sometimes need extra steroids for example during stressful circumstances such as a road traffic accident or before an operation.
Your doctor may decide to give you extra steroid medicines during this time.
If you use more Easyhaler Beclometasone than you should
If you use more than you should, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
It is important that you take your dose as stated on the pharmacist’s label or as advised by your doctor. You should not increase or decrease your dose without seeking medical advice.
If you forget to use Easyhaler Beclometasone
If you stop using Easyhaler Beclometasone
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
The instructions on how to use the inhaler are at the end of the leaflet.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you notice any of the following serious side effects, stop using this medicine and talk to your doctor straight away. You may need urgent medical treatment.
Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if:
Other side effects include:
Very Common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Problems with your mouth and throat can be reduced by doing certain things straight after inhaling your dose. These are brushing your teeth, rinsing your mouth or gargling with water and spitting it out. Tell your doctor if you have these problems with your mouth or throat, but do not stop treatment unless you are told to.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
Using high-dose inhaled corticosteroids over a long time can cause, in very rare cases, systemic effects. These include:
Your doctor will help stop this happening by making sure you use the lowest dose of steroid which controls your symptoms.
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
Although the frequency is not known, the following side effects may also occur:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effect directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE EASYHALER BECLOMETASONE
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Easyhaler Beclometasone contains
What Easyhaler Beclometasone looks like and contents of the pack
The Easyhaler Beclometasone comes in a laminate pouch to keep the powder dry. Please see the section below which identifies each part of your Easyhaler.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:
This leaflet was last revised in October 2020
Detailed and updated information on how to use this product is available by scanning this QR code (included also on outer carton and inhaler label) with a smartphone. The same information is also available on the following URL: www.oeh.fi/begb.
QR code to www.oeh.fi/begb.
How to use the Easyhaler inhaler
About your Easyhaler
Easyhaler Beclometasone may be different to inhalers you have used in the past. Therefore it is very important that you use it properly as using incorrectly can lead to you not receiving the right amount of medicine. This could make you very unwell or could lead to your asthma not being treated as it should.
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will show you how to use your inhaler properly. Make sure you understand the correct way to use the inhaler. If you are unsure contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. As with all inhalers, caregivers should ensure that children prescribed Easyhaler Beclometasone use correct inhalation technique, as described below. You can also use the instruction video at www.oeh.fi/begb.
When you first get your Easyhaler
The Easyhaler comes in a foil bag. Do not open the foil bag until you are ready to start using the medicine as it helps to keep the powder dry in the inhaler.
When you are ready to start treatment open the bag and record the date e.g., in your calendar.
Use the inhaler within 6 months of removing from the foil bag.
HOW TO USE CORRECTLY
Step 1: SHAKE
SHAKE x 3-5
Important points to remember
Step 2: CLICK
CLICK x 1
Important points to remember
Step 3: INHALE
Important points to remember
If you need to take another inhalation, please repeat the steps 1-3 Shake-Click-Inhale.
After you have used the inhaler:
This may help to stop you getting thrush and becoming hoarse.
How to empty the powder from the mouthpiece
If you click the inhaler by accident, or if you might have clicked it more than once, or if you breathe out into it, empty the mouthpiece.
Cleaning the Easyhaler
Keep your inhaler dry and clean. If necessary you may wipe the mouthpiece of your inhaler with a dry cloth or tissue. Do not use water: the powder in the Easyhaler is sensitive to moisture.
Using the Easyhaler with a protective cover
You may use a protective cover with your inhaler.This helps to improve durability of the product. When you first insert your inhaler in the protective cover make sure the dustcap is on the inhaler as this stops it going off by accident. You can use the inhaler without removing it from the protective cover.
Follow the same instructions as above, 1. Shake – 2. Click – 3. Inhale.
When to switch to a new Easyhaler
The dose counter shows the number of remaining doses. The counter turns after every 5th click. When the dose counter starts turning red, there are 20 doses left.
If you do not already have a new Easyhaler, contact your doctor for a new prescription. When the counter reaches 0 (zero), you need to replace the Easyhaler.
If you use the protective cover, you can keep it and insert your new inhaler into it.
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