Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
What are other names for this medication?
Some brand names for inhaled steroids are Vanceril,
Beclovent, Azmacort, Aerobid, and Flovent.
What does this drug do?
Inhaled steroids prevent acute asthma episodes by reducing
the responsiveness of the airways to triggers.
Inhaled steroids are not bronchodilators and will not
provide relief during an acute asthma episode.
How is this medication taken?
Inhaled steroids are taken with a metered-dose inhaler
(MDI). To decrease side effects, a spacer or holding
chamber is often used.
What is the usual dose?
The usual dose is two to three puffs, taken two to four
times a day.
What side effects can this drug cause?
Thrush, a yeast infection of the mouth and throat, is the
most common side effect. Sore throat and tongue, hoarse
voice, and dry mouth have also been reported. Large doses
over extended periods of time may cause other side effects
in the bones, eyes, and muscles.
What special instructions should be followed?
Rinse the mouth after each treatment and use a spacer device
to decrease the incidence of thrush. Inhaled steroids as
well as steroids taken by mouth (pills or syrup) should not
be stopped abruptly without your physician's approval.
Your prescribed dose of ____________________ is ______ puffs
taken _______ times a day.