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Can beclovent (beclomethasone) be used to stop an asthma attack in progress?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: NO...

There are basically 2 classes of meds for asthma: relievers and controllers.
Only relievers, like albuterol, can stop an asthma exacerbation. Beclovent, (beclomethasone) a steroid inhaler, is a controller medication and decreases airway inflammation over a period of time and will not acutely stop an asthma exacerbation. It helps chronically.

In brief: NO...

There are basically 2 classes of meds for asthma: relievers and controllers.
Only relievers, like albuterol, can stop an asthma exacerbation. Beclovent, (beclomethasone) a steroid inhaler, is a controller medication and decreases airway inflammation over a period of time and will not acutely stop an asthma exacerbation. It helps chronically.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maintenance

I agree, beclovent is what we call a maintenance medication, it can take weeks to reach full affect.
You need a "rescue" or short acting medication like nebulized albuterol, or what they call metered dose inhalers ("puffers"/inhalers) like proventil, proair maxair, ventolin or xopenex (levalbuterol) for quick relief.

In brief: Maintenance

I agree, beclovent is what we call a maintenance medication, it can take weeks to reach full affect.
You need a "rescue" or short acting medication like nebulized albuterol, or what they call metered dose inhalers ("puffers"/inhalers) like proventil, proair maxair, ventolin or xopenex (levalbuterol) for quick relief.
Dr. Katharine Garnier
Dr. Katharine Garnier
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Dr. John Klimas
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Beclovent is an inhaled corticosteroid which is very effective in reducing inflammation in the airways, but is not a bronchodilator as albuterol is.
Inhalers such as ventolin hfa, proventil hfa, pro-air hfa, xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa should be used for acute asthma attacks and open up the airways within minutes to allow you to breathe much easier.

In brief: No

Beclovent is an inhaled corticosteroid which is very effective in reducing inflammation in the airways, but is not a bronchodilator as albuterol is.
Inhalers such as ventolin hfa, proventil hfa, pro-air hfa, xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa should be used for acute asthma attacks and open up the airways within minutes to allow you to breathe much easier.
Dr. John Klimas
Dr. John Klimas
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