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Beclomethasone Side Effects

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: pharyngitis. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to beclomethasone: inhalation aerosol liquid, inhalation aerosol powder, inhalation capsule, inhalation spray

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by beclomethasone. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking beclomethasone:

More common:
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • fever
  • hoarseness
  • runny nose
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble swallowing
  • voice changes
Incidence not known:
  • Attack, assault, or force
  • blindness
  • blurred vision
  • changes in behavior
  • chills
  • darkening of the skin
  • decreased vision
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • eye pain
  • fainting
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • mental depression
  • nausea or vomiting
  • painful or difficult urination
  • skin rash
  • sore mouth or tongue
  • tearing
  • thoughts of killing oneself
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • white patches in the mouth or on the tongue

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with beclomethasone may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Less common:
  • Cramps
  • heavy bleeding
  • pain
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tightness of the chest

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to beclomethasone: compounding powder, inhalation aerosol, inhalation aerosol with adapter

General

The most commonly reported adverse reactions have included headache, pharyngitis, rhinitis, inhalation site and taste sensation.[Ref]

Endocrine

Oral therapy:
Following 4 weeks of oral therapy for ulcerative colitis, a reduction of plasma cortisol levels has been observed in up to 25% of patients; HPA-axis function recovery is expected to be transient, however follow up data is lacking.[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Dysmenorrhea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Menorrhagia
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Adrenal suppression, Cushing syndrome, cushingoid features[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Pharyngitis (up to 27%)
Common (1% to 10%): Rhinitis, hoarseness, throat irritation, upper respiratory tract infection, dysphonia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bronchitis, coughing, epistaxis
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Acute asthma episode, hemoptysis, respiratory disorder, sinusitis
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Paradoxical bronchospasm with wheezing
Frequency not reported: Eosinophilic pneumonia[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Oral candidiasis of mouth and throat
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abdominal pain, constipation
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Dyspepsia, unspecified gastrointestinal disorders, nausea, tongue discoloration, toothache[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity reactions including rashes, urticaria, pruritus, erythema
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypersensitivity reactions including edema of the eyes, face, lips, and throat (angioedema), anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions[Ref]

Ocular

Frequency not reported: Glaucoma, cataracts[Ref]

Psychiatric

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anxiety
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, hyperactivity, aggression, irritability (mostly in children)
Postmarketing reports: Suicidal ideation[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 25%)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dizziness, dysphonia, migraine
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Neuropathy, tremor, vertigo[Ref]

Dermatologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash, purpura
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Photosensitivity reaction, skin disorder, urticaria
Frequency not reported: Easy bruising, skin thinning[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Myalgia, muscle cramps, back pain
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Growth retardation, decrease in bone mineral density[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Chest pain, edema
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Hypertension, palpitations, angina pectoris[Ref]

Local

Common (1% to 10%): Inhalation site sensation and taste sensation[Ref]

Metabolic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased weight[Ref]

References

1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. "Product Information. Qvar (beclomethasone)." Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, North Wales, PA.

Not all side effects for beclomethasone may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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