Most commonly prescribed to treat the symptoms of Asthma and to reduce the risk of Asthma attacks. Clenil Modulite proves an effective treatment when used to alleviate breathing diffculties assosciated with Asthma and other breathing conditions. It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways to the lungs, making it easier for an individual to breathe and catch their breath.
What is Clenil Modulite?
Clenil modulite is a type of preventer inhaler used to prevent the symptoms of asthma. Most preventer inhalers contain certain steroids that when inhaled can help with reduce swelling and inflammation of the lungs and airways and allow air to pass through more freely.
The steroids contained in preventer inhalers are completely different to the ones used by athletes and bodybuilders to enhance muscle growth and performance.
Cleanil modulite contains the active ingredient Beclometasone Dipropionate and is classed a corticosteroid. When inhaled; the active ingredient within a clenil modulite inhaler is absorbed by the cells in the lungs and airways and starts to help with the symptoms associated with asthma such as tightness of the shortness of breath and wheezing.
Preventer inhalers such as clenil modulite help to prevent asthma attacks and should be taken on a daily basis. Preventer inhalers are different to reliever inhalers in the way that they do not provide instant relief of asthma symptoms, instead they help to build up a defence against asthma and prevent future asthma attacks. In contrast, reliever inhalers contain the active ingredient salbutamol which very fast acting and provides instant relief to anyone who is experiencing an asthma attack. Reliever inhales should be used when an individual comes in contact with a known asthma trigger such as pollen or cold air.
In the event of an asthma attack a preventer inhaler will not provide instant relief, for this a reliever inhaler containing salbutamol such as a Ventolin inhaler must be used and carried at all times.
Clenil Modulite is often prescribed to patients who need to use their reliever inhaler quite frequently. For patients that are using their reliever/salbutamol inhaler such as ventolin more than twice a week, they will likely be prescribed a preventer inhaler.
How does Clenil Modulite work?
Clenil modulite inhaler contains the active ingredient Beclometasone Dipropionate which is a type of corticosteroid used to reduce the inflammation and swelling of the lungs and airways. Beclometasone Dipropionate is inhaled via the clenil modulite inhaler and directly enters your airways and lungs and is then absorbed by their cells. The anti-inflammatory properties of the medication make breathing easier and allow air to travel through your airways into your lungs more freely.
Corticosteroids are natural to the human body and are responsible for controlling the body’s natural inflammation response. When your body senses pain, injury or infection it releases hormones in order to heal or repair the area, this process is called inflammation. However if the inflammation response happens in places where it is not needed, this can become problematic and lead to chronic conditions with asthma being one of them.
When used regularly the active ingredients within Clenil Modulite help to prevent asthma attacks and the symptoms of asthma.
It takes a few days for your clenil modulite inhaler to begin to work, it is important that you continue to use it regularly.
How do I use a Clenil Modulite inhaler?
As with all asthma inhalers, it is important that you are using the correct technique to ensure that the full dose of medicine is reaching your lungs. If you do not use your inhaler correctly this could mean that very small amounts of the medication are reaching its intended target and there is a risk that the inhaler will not be as effective in preventing future asthma attacks or asthma symptoms.
We recommend always reading the manufacturers guide located inside your inhaler box when you start using an inhaler. This is because the recommendations and inhaling techniques can change quite often, however if you have an inhaler technique that has been checked by your doctor and works well for you, you should stick to this technique.
It is important to keep your inhaler clean by cleaning it before and after use. This can prevent you from inhaling any unwanted bacteria and dust that can potentially trigger and asthma attack or symptoms.
By using your inhaler correctly you will ensure that your lungs are receiving the recommended daily dosage of medicine as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. It is also important to regularly have your inhaler technique checked by a doctor or pharmacist to ensure that you are using your clenil modulite inhaler correctly.
You can also watch a number of online videos to ensure that you are using your inhaler correctly - https://www.asthma.org.uk/inhalervideos
Clenil modulite is a long term asthma treatment and should be taken both morning and night. It is important to use your inhaler exactly as prescribed by your doctor to ensure that you are getting the full benefits from the medication. You should never skip a dose or stop taking your inhaler even if you have not experienced any asthma symptoms in a while.
Suddenly stopping taking your clenil modulite inhaler can cause asthma symptoms to come back quite quickly.
Testing your inhaler
If you have not used your inhaler for three days or more or if your inhaler is new; you should simply release one puff into the air to ensure that the inhaler works correctly.
If you have recently just purchased your inhaler and are testing it for the first time, the number 200 should be displayed on the dose indicator. If this is not the case please contact the pharmacy that you received the inhaler from.
Clenil Modulite Dose
Clenil Modulite inhalers can come in a variety of dosages. The dose that you are prescribed will be dependent on the severity of your condition and the symptoms you are experiencing. Clenil modulite 200mcg and 250mcg are not suitable for children.
Clenil Modulite 50mcg
The most common starting does for this strength is 4 puffs twice a day for adults. The daily doses are usually always split up into two’s, for example 2 puffs in the morning and 2 puffs at night.
Clenil Modulite 100mcg
The normal starting dose for adults is 200mcg (2 puffs) twice a day. It is important to split up your doses, most commonly in the morning and night. The most commonly recommended is 2 puffs in the morning and 2 puffs at night.
Clenil Modulite 200mcg
For adults and elderly patients, 1 puff twice per day. Divide the dose in 2 separate doses throughout the day, 1 puff in the morning followed by 1 puff at night.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take your dose you should take your missed dose as soon as you remember. However if when you remember it is within close proximity to your next dose, you should miss the forgotten dose and continue as normal with your next dose. You should never double up on doses when you forget to take it.
If you have accidentally taken too many puffs of your clenil modulite inhaler, this is unlikely to cause any harm or side effects if this is just a one off. However if you are consistently taking too many puffs of your inhaler, using a steroid inhaler too much over a long period of tie can increase your chances of developing side effects and can affect the way the medicine works.
Who can use Clenil Modulite Inhalers?
The majority of people are able to use a clenil modulite inhaler as well as other steroid inhalers and preventer inhalers. However extra care should be taken if:
- You have previously had an allergic reaction to any form of steroid in the past
- Have TB or another infection of your lungs or airways
- Are pregnant breastfeeding or trying for a baby
Clenil Modulite Inhaler during pregnancy warning
Most steroid/preventer inhalers are safe to use during pregnancy. It is important to ensure that asthma is well controlled within pregnancy. As asthma medicines are commonly taken by inhaler, this also minimises the amount of medication that enters the bloodstream reducing the risk to the baby developing inside the placenta.
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, please speak to your GP about the potential benefits and risks of using yourclenil modulite inhaler when pregnant.
During Breastfeeding Warning
Clenil Modulite is safe to take during breastfeeding. However if you are breastfeeding and have any concerns about this, we would recommend contacting your GP or pharmacist.
Clenil Modulite Side Effects
Preventer/Steroid inhalers usually cause little or no side effects when taken exactly as prescribed. However there may be some side effects that are experienced when using a steroid inhaler.
- A sore mouth or throat
- A croaky/hoarse voice
- Develop a cough
- Oral thrush
To minimise the likelihood of experiencing side effects, patients can follow the following steps.
- Take your inhaler exactly as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist
- Take your inhaler exactly as you have been shown, you can speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if you are taking your inhaler correctly.
- Use your inhaler with a spacer which makes inhaling the medication easier and ensures that the full dosage is being taken correctly. By doing this you are also ensuring that your lungs and airways are receiving the correct dose of medicine.
- Wash you inhaler before and after use, this reduces the likelihood of inhaling dust and bacteria which can trigger a sudden asthma attack.
Clenil Modulite Drug Interactions
If you are taking any other medications, it is possible that these may affect the way Clenil Modulite works.
Please inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications. The most common medications that can interact with the effectiveness of Clenil Modulite are:
- Other medications that contain corticosteroids
- Antibiotics such as clarithromycin or telithromycin
- Protease inhibitors used for HIV infections
The above medications may increase the level of fluticasone in the body which can also increase the risks of side effects
Can I drink alcohol when taking Clenil Modulite
Clenil Modulite contains a small amount of alcohol. Drinking alcohol whilst using your clenil modulite inhaler will not cause any sort of harm. However it may increase the risk of you experiencing some of the side effects.
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