Beclometasone belongs to a class of medicines known as corticosteroids (more commonly called steroids).
Depending on the length of your course of treatment, your pharmacist may give you a blue steroid treatment card. If so, carry this with you at all times while you are taking beclometasone tablets. If you need any medical treatment, make sure the person treating you knows you are taking a steroid tablet.
About beclometasone tablets for ulcerative colitis
|Type of medicine ||Corticosteroid |
|Used for ||Ulcerative colitis (in adults) |
|Also called ||Clipper® |
|Available as ||Modified-release tablets (made to pass through your stomach and be released slowly in your bowel) |
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disease where inflammation develops in your large intestine (the colon and rectum). The most common symptom when the disease flares up is diarrhoea mixed with blood. An aminosalicylate medicine (such as mesalazine) is the usual first choice of treatment to ease a flare-up of symptoms. Sometimes this medicine on its own does not control your symptoms sufficiently. Beclometasone tablets are prescribed alongside the aminosalicylate medicine as an add-on treatment.
Beclometasone is a steroid (corticosteroid) medicine which helps to reduce inflammation. A course of treatment with beclometasone will last a few weeks only - it will be stopped once your flare-up has settled.
Before taking beclometasone tablets
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking beclometasone it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have any kind of infection, and particularly if you have ever had tuberculosis (TB).
- If you (or anyone you are in close contact with) have recently had chickenpox, measles or shingles.
- If you have high blood pressure.
- If you have had a heart attack or have any other heart problems.
- If you have liver or kidney problems.
- If you have sugar diabetes or glaucoma (increased pressure in your eye). You should also tell your doctor if a close member of your family has either of these conditions.
- If you have osteoporosis (weakened bones).
- If you have an underactive thyroid.
- If you have ever had a blood clot in an artery or vein.
- If you have epilepsy.
- If you have had a stomach ulcer.
- If you have recently had, or are about to have, any vaccinations.
- If you have ever had mental health problems, such as depression or psychosis.
- If you have myasthenia gravis (this is a condition causing muscle weakness).
- If you are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine, or if you have ever developed muscle pain after taking a steroid medicine.
How to take beclometasone tablets
- Before you start this treatment, it is important that you read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. The leaflet will give you more information about beclometasone and a full list of side-effects which you may experience from taking it.
- Take beclometasone exactly as your doctor tells you to. The usual dose is one tablet in the morning, either before breakfast or after a light breakfast. Swallow the tablets whole (this means do not break, crush, or chew them). Take them with a drink of water.
- Continue to take the tablets until your doctor tells you to stop. It is usual to be prescribed a course of treatment that lasts for a few weeks. It will not be for more than four weeks.
- Try to take your doses at the same time of day each day, as this will help you to remember to take them. If you do forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until the following day, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your doctor can check on your progress.
- Beclometasone may suppress your immune system, so it is important if you become ill that you make an appointment to see your doctor straightaway. Also, if you come into contact with anyone who has measles, shingles or chickenpox (or anyone who suspects they might have them), you must see your doctor as soon as possible.
- Some vaccines may not be suitable for you while you are being treated with beclometasone. If you need any immunisations, make sure you mention that you are taking a steroid tablet.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are suitable to take with beclometasone.
- If you are having an operation or medical treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking beclometasone.
Can beclometasone tablets cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Beclometasone side-effects (these affect less than 1 in 100 people who take this medicine) ||What can I do if I experience this? |
|Mood changes, especially at the beginning of treatment ||If you become anxious, confused, or start having worrying thoughts about harming yourself, speak with your doctor as soon as possible |
|Abdominal pain, feeling sick ||Stick to simple or bland foods |
|Headache ||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller |
|Constipation ||Eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water |
|Feeling tired, muscle cramps, flu-like symptoms, and heavy periods ||If any of these become troublesome, speak with your doctor |
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store beclometasone tablets
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.