What is Clenil Modulite?
Clenil Modulite is a pressurised inhalation solution (also referred to as the Clenil Modulite Inhaler throughout this information) also known as a ‘preventer’ or brown inhaler. It is used to treat symptoms of mild, moderate and severe asthma.
The active ingredient in the Clenil Modulite Inhaler, beclometasone dipropionate, is known as a steroid which belongs to a group of drugs called corticosteroids.
Corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory properties. They ease breathing problems by reducing swelling in the walls of the air passages.
For further information on Clenil Modulite, please see the patient information leaflet.
How It Works
An asthma attack can happen through exposure to triggers. Triggers are irritants such as pets, dust, pollen and smoke. During an asthma attack, the surrounding muscles around the airways tighten, causing the airway to narrow. This can cause the lungs to produce a thick mucus and become swollen and inflamed.
The Clenil Modulite inhaler is used for asthma control and is to be used regularly. It may take up to a few days for your inhaler to work. It’s important to continue to use your inhaler even if you feel better. Do not stop use unless advised by a doctor or asthma nurse.
Preventer inhalers are not be used during an asthma attack. If you’re having an asthma attack, you need to use your reliever inhaler.
A rescue and preventer inhaler is not the same product. Carry a ‘reliever’ inhaler with you at all times including while at home and during travel. This is because it helps you to breathe quickly during an asthma attack.
Before you take it
Most healthy adults can use Clenil Modulite. The higher doses of 200 and 250, however, are unsuitable for children and adolescents under the age of 18.
We do not prescribe any medications to people who are under 18 years old.
It is important for your own health and safety that if you already suffer symptoms of an allergic reaction related to Clenil Modulite, medicine that contains beclometasone dipropionate or any other ingredient in this drug, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist first before taking this medication.
The Clenil Modulite Inhaler is unsuitable for some patients. You should consult your doctor or healthcare professional if any of the following apply:
You have, are taking medicines for, or have had tuberculosis
Your asthma symptoms are becoming worse
Your ‘reliever’ inhaler is becoming less effective or you need to take it more often
You have taken any other over-the-counter steroid treatments
Have problems with your thyroid or adrenal glands
To find out more information about the Clenil Modulite inhaler including a diagram detailing how to use the medication correctly, please see the patient information leaflet.
A volumatic spacer device can be used for people struggling with correct inhaler technique. The dosage for your treatment will be determined by your doctor on the severity of your asthma.
The common starting metered dose for the Clenil Modulite inhaler:
Clenil Modulite 50 micrograms: Adults and the elderly: 200 micrograms, twice a day. Children: 100 micrograms, twice a day. This may be divided into 2, 3 or 4 doses every day.
Clenil Modulite 100 micrograms: Adults and the elderly: 200 micrograms, twice a day. Children: 100 micrograms, twice a day. This may be divided into 2, 3 or 4 doses every day. This product, at high doses larger than 200 micrograms, can be dangerous and is unsuitable for children.
Clenil Modulite 200 micrograms: Adults and the elderly only: 200 micrograms, twice a day. This may be divided into 2, 3 or 4 doses every day.
Clenil Modulite 250 micrograms: Adults and the elderly only: 500 micrograms, twice a day. This may be divided into 2, 3 or 4 doses every day.
Common Side Effects of Clenil Modulite Inhaler
Like with all medications, there are some possible side effects when using the Clenil Modulite Inhaler.
Possible but less serious side effects of the Clenil Modulite are:
- Hoarseness and dry throat irritation
- Difficulty swallowing
- Change in taste
- Feeling sick or nauseous
- A yeast infection in the mouth (Also known as oral thrush. This is less likely if you rinse your mouth out with water after using the inhaler when taking medication). This can be treated with the same medication for a fungal infection.
In case of serious side effects, stop taking treatment and call a doctor for symptoms such as:
- Being sick or vomiting
- Blurred vision or other visionary obscurities
- Slow or slurred speech
- Abdominal pain
It is possible that you are allergic to some of the ingredients in this medication. Please tell your doctor at once if you show signs of an allergic reaction such as:
- Skin rash
- Breathing problems
- Inflammation of the legs, arms, face, lips, throat, or tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Confusion or anxiety
If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, stop using the Clenil Modulite Inhaler and tell your doctor right away.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Clenil Modulite suitable for Children?
High dose strengths greater than 200 micrograms of Clenil Modulite are unsuitable for children. Never administer medication to a child without medical supervision.
Do I need a prescription?
Yes. The Clenil Modulite inhaler is available online. Order through the electronic prescription service on our website following our free consultation.
I’m pregnant. Can I use the Clenil Modulite Inhaler?
Ask your doctor first if you wish to use this medication while breastfeeding, during pregnancy, if you suspect you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take your prescribed dose, make sure to take your regular amount as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your treatments. It is important to remember to not double dose to make up for a missed or forgotten dose.
What happens if I take too much?
Never increase or reduce the number of inhalations without professional medical advice. Always use your steroid inhaler correctly in accordance with prescription only. If you have accidentally inhaled more puffs than intended or than what is recommended, please contact your doctor or local medical services. If you are using your inhaler more often than perscribed, it could have poor effects on your health.
If you do not seem to be getting better, you should check with your doctor to ensure you are being given the correct dosage and medicine. You may need to have your dosage increased or a different medication to one that provides better relief.