Like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using Clenil.
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What is Clenil Modulite
The Clenil Modulite inhaler contains the active ingredient beclometasone, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid.
In asthma, the airways tighten due to inflammation and can also be blocked by mucus. This makes it difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs. By preventing the inflammation and excess mucus formation, beclometasone makes it easier to breathe and helps prevent asthma attacks. It does not work to treat an asthma attack.
Clenil modulite inhalers are a prescription only medicine, like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using it.
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Who can use Clenil Modulite
Private Doc will prescribe Clenil Modulite inhalers where they are suitable. People qualify for Clenil Modulite if:
- They have been using Clenil Modulite inhalers for the last year.
- They have had no problems with Clenil Modulite inhalers in the last year.
They have had a face-to-face check-up with an Asthma Nurse or Doctor in the last year.
How to take Clenil Modulite
The Clenil modulite inhaler contains Beclometasone. Inhaling the Beclomestasone allows it to act directly in the lungs where it is needed most. It also reduces the potential for side effects occurring in other parts of the body, as the amount absorbed into the blood through the lungs is lower than if it is taken by mouth.
Clenil modulite inhaler is usually used regularly twice a day. However, you should follow the instructions given by your doctor regarding when to use your inhaler and how many inhalations you should use each day. Don't exceed the prescribed dose.
If you use your reliever inhaler at the same time as this one, you should use the reliever inhaler first to open your airways, and then take your dose from this inhaler.
It is very important to learn how to use your inhaler correctly, as otherwise you won't be breathing the right dose of medicine into your lungs. Instructions will be provided with your inhaler. However, your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can also show you how to use your inhaler and can check that you are using it correctly.
Clenil modulite is a metered dose inhaler, sometimes called an MDI or aerosol inhaler, that delivers the medicine as a fine spray or mist. With this inhaler you co-ordinate pressing down the canister and breathing in the spray.
Clenil modulite inhaler can also be used with a spacer devise such as the Volumatic.
Inhaled corticosteroids can sometimes cause a fungal infection in the mouth called Oral Thrush. To minimise the chances of this you should rinse your mouth with water or clean your teeth after inhaling each dose. Using a spacer device with your inhaler can also help avoid this problem. Consult your doctor if you develop white patches in your mouth or throat, as these are symptoms of thrush and it may need to be treated.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is nearly time for your next dose. In this case, leave out the missed dose and take your next dose as usual when it is due. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Do not stop using your inhaler regularly every day, even if you don't have any symptoms, unless advised to by your doctor.
Possible side effects
This medicine is known as a preventer and it should be taken regularly to prevent asthma attacks. It should not be used to relieve an asthma attack or breathing difficulties, as it won't work for this purpose. An asthma attack needs to be treated with a medicine that quickly opens the airways, such as salbutamol or terbutaline. These are known as relievers, and you should make sure you carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times to relieve an asthma attack if it happens.
Consult your doctor if you need to use your reliever more frequently than normal, or if it becomes less effective at treating attacks, as this may indicate that your asthma is getting worse and your doctor may need to prescribe you another medicine.
Do not exceed the dose of this medicine that your doctor has prescribed for you.
You should not suddenly stop taking this medicine unless your doctor tells you otherwise, as your asthma symptoms are likely to return.
Inhalers may cause an unexpected increase in wheezing and difficulty breathing (paradoxical bronchospasm) straight after using them. If this happens, don't use the inhaler again, use your reliever inhaler to open your airways and consult your doctor.
Inhaled corticosteroids have considerably fewer side effects than steroids taken by mouth. However, when taken for long periods of time at high doses, inhaled steroids do have the potential to cause side effects such as glaucoma, cataracts, thinning of the bones (osteoporosis), slowed growth in children and adolescents, Cushings syndrome, changes in mood or behaviour, and to suppress the functioning of the adrenal glands (glands that produce natural steroid hormones). For this reason your doctor will prescribe the lowest effective dose to control your symptoms, and monitor for these side effects. It is recommended that children receiving long-term treatment with corticosteroids have their growth monitored. If a child's growth appears to be slowed your doctor may refer them to a specialist respiratory paediatrician. For further information talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you need to take high doses of beclometasone for a long time, your body may become temporarily reliant on the medicine. This is because long-term use of corticosteroids can cause the adrenal glands to stop producing natural steroids. For this reason treatment must not be suddenly stopped. If your doctor wants you to stop treatment your dose should be tapered down gradually, to allow the adrenal glands to start producing adequate amounts of natural steroids again. People taking high doses of beclometasone for a long time may also need to take extra steroid medicines during times of physical stress, for example illnesses, serious accidents or surgery. This is because your adrenal glands would normally produce more steroid hormones to cope with these situations, however, if the action of your adrenal glands is suppressed, this increase in hormones won't happen naturally. For more information talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Clenil modulite should be used with caution in:
- People with a history of tuberculosis infection in the lungs.
- People with a chest infection or infection in the eyes or mouth.
- People who need to avoid alcohol for any reason. Clenil modulite contains very small amounts of ethanol (approximately 9mg per puff).
Clenil modulite should not be used by:
- People who are allergic to any of the ingredients.