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Clenil Modulite Inhaler

What is Clenil?

Each Clenil Modulite inhaler contains beclomethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid. This reduces any inflammation and the secretion of mucus in the lungs, making it easier for you to breathe. Your Clenil inhaler - known as a "preventer" - should be used on a daily basis. It will usually be prescribed alongside a "reliever" inhaler, other inhalers or tablets for asthma, but never on its own. You should make yourself aware of the step-wise approach when treating your asthma.

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How does Clenil work?

Inhaled beclomethasone works slowly, therefore you must use it every day – even if you feel your breathing is fine. Use a prescribed "reliever" inhaler for relieving any immediate symptoms. Clenil Modulite (beclomethasone) is prescribed for patients when their asthma is not being controlled by a reliever inhaler alone.

You should already be aware of how to deal with an asthma attack, but if you have any questions, speak with your doctor or asthma nurse.

How to take Clenil?

The Clenil Modulite (beclomethasone) inhaler is available in four strengths, containing 50 micrograms, 100 micrograms, 200 micrograms, or 500 micrograms of beclomethasone dipropionate per inhalation. Inhaled beclomethasone for asthma normally comes in doses of between 200 micrograms to 800 micrograms – both twice daily - depending on how severe the symptoms are. Your doctor can prescribe higher doses if the symptoms get worse. For children, the dosages are much lower - usually around half of the adult range. Speak with your doctor or asthma nurse if your symptoms are getting worse – there may be a better way to control your asthma.

It's important to check that you are using your inhaler in the correct way. You should have been shown how to do this before by a medical professional, but it's always good to get a refresher.

You'll find a useful guide at the Asthma UK website offering the best techniques for the most common types of inhalers.

Some of the powdered medicine from the inhaler gets left behind in the mouth, so after use you should rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth to eliminate the risk of any potential infections. Your doctor may recommend a "Volumatic Spacer" device if infections occur a lot. These will help reduce the amount of medicine that stays in your mouth.

It's important that you do not stop using a high dosage preventer inhaler suddenly without talking to your doctor first, as the effects of withdrawal may cause you to become unwell.

Is Clenil suitable for me?

Clenil should be used with caution, or in some situations not at all. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, children, people with worsening asthma symptoms or those who have (or have had) pulmonary tuberculosis may find the treatment is not for them. The same applies if you have an allergy to beclomethasone or any of the inactive ingredients.

Whether prescribed by your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy, make the online doctor aware of any other medicines you are taking. There are some medicines which your doctor needs to be made aware of including disulfiram and metronidazole. Give a full picture of your asthma and your overall health to the doctor during any consultation - this will ensure the doctor has all the information required to assess your conditions, and decide which treatments are suitable for you.

What are the side effects of Clenil?

Clenil Modulite can cause side effects, but please note that not everyone will experience them. Oral thrush (which can be minimised by rinsing out the mouth after each inhalation, or using a spacer device, as above), hoarseness in the voice, rashes on the skin and either depression or anxiety have been noted as side effects. An increase in wheezing after using your inhaler is also common - if this happens, a fast-acting "reliever" inhaler should be used straight away, and you should speak with your doctor or asthma nurse. As beclomethasone is a steroid, it can cause steroid-like side effects in the body when used over long periods of time. Find more details on this in the product leaflet.

Please read the patient leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment – it is important that you fully understand everything about this product. The leaflets can also be viewed online here.

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