What is Aerocort® Rotacap?
Aerocort® Rotacaps is a combined dry powder inhaler. This is manufactured by combining two medications called Beclomethasone Dipropionate and Levosalbutamol. The premier usage of this product is to relieve symptoms associated with the respiratory tract.
Asthma is considered a chronic respiratory condition represented by inflamed airways. Asthma may trigger seasonal changes, weather changes, exposure to allergens, and without any reason. The chief usage of the Aerocort® Rotacap is controlling asthma. The outcome of the inhaler usage can only notice after a few days. The best results can be obtained when you use the inhaler regularly for weeks. So it is clear that the symptom relief cannot be achieved by inhaling once. As a result, this inhaler is not recommended during acute asthma attacks. Try to consult the doctor immediately if you get an acute asthma attack.
Beclomethasone Dipropionate is a type of corticosteroid that is synthetically produced and its function is similar to naturally producing glucocorticoids. They act potently, giving anti-inflammatory actions. The airways get obstructed as a result of the inflammation. Therefore the inhalation of beclomethasone prevents inflammation and relieves the obstruction within the airways. Corticosteroids can inhibit the release of inflammatory mediators such as histamine. So the inhalers can deactivate the action of mast cells resulting in a lower histamine concentration. Therefore the inhalers are capable of suppressing inflammation. Beclomethasone Dipropionate is a prodrug and gets activated immediately within the airways.
There are beta two receptors on the smooth muscles of the airways. The beta two receptor agonists bind with the beta receptors in the airways and activate these receptors to relax the smooth muscle layers. Activation of beta receptors reduces the intracellular calcium ion concentration within the smooth muscles. So it helps in relaxing muscles and results in bronchodilation.
Side effects of Aerocort® Rotacap
At the very beginning, the patients may experience a few side effects. These side effects fade away when their body gets used to it. If any of the side effects worsen, please get in touch with the physician for further advice.
- The voice becomes rough and hoarse
- Soreness in the throat
- Colonization of fungal infections within the oral cavity
- Common infections of the respiratory tract
- Muscle cramps
How to use the Aerocort Rotacap?
The inhaler contains a section called rotahaler. Place the capsule inside the rotahaler and ensure that the capsule is not placed within the mouthpiece. Rotate the rotahaler and ensure the capsule’s opening by a crick sound. Seal the mouthpiece inside the mouth and breath in to inhale the dry powder of the inhaler. Repeat the same as needed. Gargle the oral cavity with lukewarm water.
Precautions: Never take with alcohol. The medications within the Aerocort Rotacaps can interact with alcohol resulting in severe drowsiness. Consult your doctor if you get pregnant. So the doctor can examine the other risk factors in changing the inhaler. There are minimal research studies on the use of Aerocort Rotacaps during breastfeeding. But they have found that inhalers are not harmful to the baby. So breastfeeding mothers can use the inhaler.
- The tablet is only to inhale. Do not swallow the capsule. Keep away from children and store in a cool, dry place.
- Use the inhaler at the same time each day. It helps in maintaining constant drug plasma concentration.
- The mouth can get dehydrated, consume plenty of fluids and gargle the oral cavity to prevent such symptoms.
- The very first dose can lead to bronchospasms, so follow medical supervision when taking the very first dose.