What is Clenil Modulite?
Clenil Modulite is a ‘preventer’, a medicine that prevents and combats inflammation of the airways. It contains the active ingredient beclomethasone, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid. Beclomethasone reduces hypersensitivity reactions and decreases inflammation in the lungs. Clenil Modulite is taken using an inhaler device and is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Clenil Modulite used for?
Clenil Modulite inhalers are used to prevent asthma attacks. The active ingredient beclomethasone makes the airways less sensitive to asthma triggers such as smoke, pet fur, cold air and exercise. Clenil Modulite is prescribed in patients with asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other respiratory disorders.
Warning: this medicine helps prevent asthma attacks. It does not work to relieve an ongoing asthma attack. For rapid relief of an asthma attack you need to use a bronchodilator (a substance that dilates the bronchi and increases airflow to the lungs).
How to use Clenil Modulite
The Clenil Modulite inhaler releases a dose of beclomethasone. Inhaling the medicine allows it to act directly in the lungs where it is needed most. Hold your breath for at least 10 seconds after inhaling to keep the medicine in your lungs. Consult the package leaflet for instructions on how to clean the inhaler. To minimise the chances of fungal infection in the mouth (oral thrush) you should rinse your mouth with water after inhaling each dose. If you are also using a bronchodilator, it is important that you use the bronchodilator first and then use your Clenil Modulite inhaler. The bronchodilator opens up the airways, which will allow more of the active ingredient to reach your lungs.
Clenil Modulite is available in various strengths: 50 mcg, 100 mcg, 200 mcg and 250 mcg. The doctor will recommend the right variant for you depending on your symptoms. Unless otherwise advised by the doctor, the usual dose in adults and children is:
- one to four inhalations, twice a day.
Clenil Modulite 200 mcg and 250 mcg are not suitable for use in children. Always follow the prescription exactly - never use more or less than the doctor recommends. Read the package leaflet before use.
This medicine may have side effects, although not everyone gets them. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with Clenil Modulite:
- Thrush infection of the mouth and throat;
- Painful tongue or sore throat;
- Hoarse voice;
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth.
Rinse your mouth with water or clean your teeth after inhaling each dose to be sure that none of the medicine is left in the mouth. This will prevent side effects from occurring. See the package leaflet for more information on side effects.
When not to use Clenil Modulite
Clenil Modulite is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to beclomethasone or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Consult a doctor on the use of Clenil Modulite if you have health problems or are currently on medication.
Clenil Modulite should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.