Clenil Modulite Inhaler (2023)

What is a Clenil Modulite brown inhaler?

Clenil Modulite is a preventer inhaler used to control and manage the symptoms of asthma. It is often referred to as a "brown inhaler".

It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways to the lungs, making it easier to catch your breath.

You can only buy Clenil Modulite on prescription.

What is Clenil Modulite used to treat?

Clenil Modulite is a type of preventer inhaler used to prevent the symptoms of asthma.

Regular use of a Clenil Modulite inhaler reduces the frequency of experiencing asthma symptoms andimprove the quality of life among asthma sufferers.

You should not use a preventer inhaler like Clenil Modulite in the event of an asthma attack. You will need to use your "reliever" inhaler in these situations.

Why is Clenil Modulite prescribed for asthma?

The active steroid ingredient within Clenil Modulite, Beclomethasone; has been used in the treatment of asthma since 1976. It is also on the World Health Organisation's List of Essential Medicines.

It has been shown to provide effective treatment for asthma symptoms when used correctly.

Inhaled Corticosteroids (ICS) are the first-line treatment in preventing persistent asthma in patients who suffer symptoms more than twice a week. ICS are also considered to be the only drug that can effectively suppress inflammation in the airways.

How does Clenil Modulite treat asthma?

Clenil Modulite contains the active ingredient beclometasone dipropionate, which belongs to the corticosteroid family of drugs. When inhaled, this ingredient is absorbed by the cells in the lungs, whichalleviates the symptoms associated with asthma such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing.

Inhaled corticosteroids help to suppress a number of inflammatory genes present in the airways. This allows the medicine to reduce hyperresponsiveness in the airways and effectively manage asthma symptoms.

Why is Clenil Modulite called a "brown inhaler"?

Brown inhalers, also known as preventer inhalers, usually contain some form of steroid. This steroid is used to build up a resistance to asthma triggers.

Steroid inhalers are usually brown in colour so you can easily distinguish them from your reliever inhaler, which will usually beblue. A reliever inhaler should be taken during an asthma attack for instant relief.

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Who can use a Clenil Modulite inhaler?

Clenil Modulite may not be suitable for everyone to use. Inform your doctor if any of the following apply to you before you use Clenil Modulite:

  • You have ever been or are currently being treated for tuberculosis (TB)
  • You cannot drink alcohol for any reason
  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in this medicine, or any other medicines used to treat asthma
  • When transferring from a steroid to an inhaler, you feel unwell, have a skin rash, a runny nose, or are sneezing. Do not stop the treatment unless advised to by your doctor.
  • Your asthma appears to be getting worse while you use Clenil Modulite. Your reliever inhaler may seem less effective than before, or you may need to use your reliever inhaler more frequently/in higher doses than usual.

There is evidence to suggest that asthmatics who smoke may experience corticosteroid resistance, meaning they may require a higher dose of a corticosteroid to help manage asthma symptoms.

You are advisedto quit smoking if you suffer from asthma due to the impaired therapeutic responses to corticosteroids that have been reported in smokers.

Can you buy Clenil Moduliteover the counter?

Clenil Modulite is a prescription-only medicine (POM), so you must have a valid UK prescription to be able to buy this product.

Additionally, you will be required to attend yearly assessments in which your doctor will carry out a peak flow test to monitor your asthma.

Can you buy Clenil Modulite online?

You can buy Clenil Modulite online at Medicine Direct after completing an online health questionnaire. Thiswill be used to assess your medical condition by a doctor or healthcare professional.

Never buy any medicine online from anywhere but regulated UK pharmacies, like Medicine Direct.

Clenil Modulite Alternatives

Other steroid inhalers include:

  • Flixotide Inhaler (Fluticasone)
  • Seretide Inhaler Purple combination inhaler
  • Symbicort Turbohaler (Budesonide)
  • Qvar Inhaler (Beclometasone dipropionate)
  • Pulmicort Turbohaler (Budesonide)

Despite the Clenil Modulite inhaler being a commonly prescribed preventer, a 2002 study comparing Beclomethasone versus Budesonide and their efficacy when treating asthma found Budesonide to be more effective when inhaled via Turbohaler

Clenil Modulite dose and indications

Clenil Modulite inhalers can come in a variety of dosages. The dose you are prescribed willdependon the severity of your condition and the symptoms you are experiencing. Clenil Modulite 200mcg and 250mcg are not suitable for children.

All of our doctors and pharmacists follow NICE dosage guidelines when prescribing Clenil Modulite.

How to use theClenil Modulite inhaler

Testing your inhaler

If you have not used your inhaler for three days or more, or if your inhaler is brand new, you should simply release one puff into the air to ensure it works correctly.

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If you have 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 you bought the inhaler from.

Using your inhaler

  1. Remove the cover from the mouthpiece, making sure there is nothing inside the mouthpiece
  2. Hold your inhaler upright with your thumb on the base and your index finger on the top of the canister
  3. Breathe out as far as possible
  4. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and lock your lips around it to ensure it is airtight
  5. Breathe in slowly and deeply and press down on the top of the inhaler to release a puff
  6. Remove the inhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for approximately 5 to 10 seconds
  7. If you have been instructed to take 2 puffs,wait for 30 seconds before taking another puff

You can also find more information on when to use your Clenil Modulite inhaler in our guide.

Clenil ModuliteSide Effects

As with all medications, Clenil Modulite inhalers come with the risk of side effects, although not everyone gets them.

Some of the common side effects of using this inhaler include:

  • Sore throat, hoarse voice, sore tongue
  • Oral thrush
  • Allergic reactions such as hives, redness or itching

Rinsing your mouth with waterafter using the inhaler may reduce the risk of developing adverse reactions in your mouth.

Less common side effects of using this inhaler include:

  • Changes to the normal production of steroids in your body, particularly if the inhaler is used in large doses over a long period of time
  • A decrease in bone mineral density
  • Loss of appetite/weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Sweating
  • Feeling faint or fainting
  • Convulsions (fits)
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Problems sleeping

Speak to your doctor if any of these side effects bother you.

Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly for a full list of side effects.

For more information on Clenil Modulite side effects, read our detailed guide that covers both common and long-term side effects.

Clenil Modulite warnings and drug interactions

Always inform your doctor of any other medicines you are already taking before you start to use Clenil Modulite.

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Clenil Modulite inhalers may interact with other medications. Make sure your doctor is aware if you are currently taking any prescription or non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements.

A full list of Clenil Modulite drug interactions can be found here.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Clenil Modulite and other inhaled corticosteroids are safe for use during pregnancy.

Find out more about using Clenil Modulite when pregnant and breastfeeding on the BUMPS website.

Always read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your inhaler, for a comprehensive list of warnings.

Clenil Modulite Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicineis: Beclometasone dipropionate

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics.

How much does it cost to buy Clenil Modulite Inhalers online in the UK?

DosageQuantityPrice (starting from)
Clenil Modulite 50mcg1 Inhaler£17.99
Clenil Modulite 100mcg1 Inhaler£23.99
Clenil Modulite 200mcg1 Inhaler£33.99
Clenil Modulite 250mcg1 Inhaler£34.99

Should I use Clenil Modulite in the event of an asthma attack?

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No, in the even of an asthma attack you should always turn to your blue reliever inhaler. The Clenil inhaler does not offer instant relief in the event of an asthma attack.

How quickly does Clenil Modulite start to work?

Clenil does not work straight away, instead it helps to prevent your symptoms over time. You will usually notice your symptoms getting better after 3-7 days, this will continue to improve over time.

How often should I use my Clenil Inhaler?

Every day, twice daily; once in the morning and once at night.

How long should I use my inhaler for?

This is a long term treatment plan, you will most likely have to use your Clenil inhaler for a long time, even when you feel better it is important to continue taking it.

Is it safe to use Beclometasone for a long time?

Yes, beclometasone inhalers such as Clenil are intended for long term use. When taken properly, beclometasone inhalers do not cause and lasting side effects.

Is Beclometasone a steroid?

Yes, Beclometasone is a steroid medicine used to prevent asthma attacks.

What is the price of a Clenil Inhaler in the UK?

Prices start from £17.99 for 1 inhaler.

Can I use Clenil Modulite and Ventolin together?

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Yes, it is highly recommended to use Clenil Modulite alongside a reliever inhaler such as Ventolin.


How many puffs are in a Clenil Modulite inhaler? ›

Clenil Modulite is a pressurised inhalation solution contained in an aluminum can with plastic actuator and protective cap. Each canister contains 200 puffs.

How much Clenil Modulite can I take? ›

Adults (including the elderly): The usual starting dose is 200 micrograms twice daily. In severe cases this may be increased to 600 to 800 micrograms daily. This may then be reduced when the patient's asthma has stabilised. The total daily dosage should be administered as two to four divided doses.

How many puffs should I take of my brown inhaler? ›

You'll usually need to take 1 or 2 puffs from your inhaler in the morning and 1 or 2 puffs in the evening. Some people can use their inhaler once a day once their symptoms are under control.

What happens if you take too much Clenil Modulite? ›

Very Common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people): Thrush in the mouth and throat. This is more likely if the daily dose taken is greater than 400 micrograms. Thrush can be treated with anti-fungal medicines whilst you continue to use Clenil Modulite.

Is 1 puff of inhaler enough? ›

It is generally recommended to inhale 1 puff of your controller inhaler twice daily (12 hours apart) at the same time every day. Although there are multiple dosing variations, controller inhalers are not usually taken more than twice a day. Rescue inhalers are used to quickly restore your breathing during a flare-up.

Is it OK to take 4 puffs of an inhaler? ›

The current ATS guidelines recommend the use of four puffs of albuterol to ensure “that the response is high on the albuterol dose–response curve”. However, this recommended dose was based on expert opinion rather than empiric data and the guidelines are not specific to the pediatric population.

Is 10 puffs of inhaler too much? ›

Dosage during an asthma attack

In a sudden asthma attack you can use your inhaler more and take up to 10 puffs. Wait 30 seconds and always shake the inhaler between each puff.

What is the rule of 2 for inhalers? ›

The Rule of Two:

Each inhaler is typically designed to administer two doses of medication at a time. This means an asthmatic following the rule of two will use less than 208 doses of albuterol per year. That means most people who have their asthma well under control will require no more than one inhaler per year.

How quickly does Clenil work? ›

Clenil inhalers contain a steroid which takes a few days of using it regularly to build up its effect. Usually your symptoms should improve in 3 to 7 days. You should speak to your doctor if you do not notice any change in your symptoms after 7 days.

Does Brown inhaler work immediately? ›

It does not provide any instant relief of symptoms but builds up protection and reduces symptoms over a longer period. With proper use of their controller inhaler, many people will be totally symptom free and need to use their reliever very rarely.

What happens if you take more than 20 puffs of an inhaler? ›

Some symptoms of albuterol overdose are chest tightness, shallow or rapid breathing, wheezing, blurred vision, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, tingling of the hands or feet, tremors, and seizures. An albuterol overdose can also cause high or low blood sugar, and low potassium levels.

How quickly does brown inhaler work? ›

It acts quickly (usually within 20 minutes), but the effects only last for approximately three to five hours. Preventers: These inhalers help to manage your breathing problems on a long-term basis and should help to reduce your daily symptoms. They must be taken every day as prescribed.

What are the strengths of Clenil Modulite? ›

Clenil is available in 4 different strengths (50 micrograms 100 micrograms 200 micrograms and 250 micrograms). Your doctor will have decided which strength you need. Always use your inhaler exactly as your doctor has told you.

How often should you use Clenil inhaler? ›

The usual dose of beclometasone using an inhaler as a preventer for asthma or COPD is 1 or 2 puffs, twice a day. It's important to use your beclometasone inhaler regularly to manage your symptoms. Use it regularly, even if you do not have any symptoms.

How long should one Clenil inhaler last? ›

Preventer inhaler
Number of puffs in the new inhalerPuffs taken per dayHow long inhaler should last
1002 puffs twice daily25 days
1 puff twice daily50 days
602 puffs twice daily15 days
1 puff twice daily30 days
7 more rows

How do I know if I am using my inhaler correctly? ›

Take the cap off and look inside the mouthpiece to make sure it is clear. Breathe out all the way, pushing as much air out as possible. Hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece down, placing your lips around it to form a tight seal. Breathe in slowly.

How long should you wait to eat or drink after using an inhaler? ›

6) Tips if you are breathless at mealtimes

Clear airways one hour before eating. Take your inhaler before you eat. Eat while sitting up to ease the pressure on your lungs and help them expand more easily. Eat more slowly.

What happens if you don't rinse mouth after inhaler? ›

Gargling and rinsing your mouth with water after each dose may help prevent hoarseness, throat irritation, and infection in the mouth.

Is 10 puffs of albuterol too much? ›

Adults should be able to inhale their inhaler a maximum of 4 times a day (for every 24 hours), regardless of how many puffs you take each time. During an asthma attack, you can take a puff of your inhaler every 30-60 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 puffs.

Does an inhaler break up mucus? ›

Techniques to cough up mucus are often done after using an inhaled bronchodilator medication. The medication helps loosen the mucus and open the airways to make the techniques more effective.

How long should you wait between two puffs of the same inhaler? ›

If you need a second puff, wait about 1 minute before you take your next puff. Put the cap back on the inhaler and make sure it is firmly closed. After using your inhaler, gargle and rinse your mouth with water.

What happens if you take 5 puffs of an inhaler? ›

Over use, either by way of more than 2 puffs or more frequently than every 6 hours can produce a rapid or irregular heartbeat, an elevation of blood pressure, shakiness, nervousness and vomiting.

Can my lungs become dependent on albuterol? ›

Dependence. You can't get addicted to albuterol, but you can become psychologically dependent on it, especially if your asthma isn't under control.

Does albuterol break up mucus? ›

Albuterol does not break up mucus. However, albuterol helps open up the airways, makes it easier to cough, and eliminates mucus.

What is the rule of 3 in asthma? ›

Rule of 3's

Needing a bronchodilator more than 3 times a week on a consistent basis means that asthma is unstable and the risk for a serve, acute episode of bronchospasm is high.

How many puffs of inhaler can you do in a row? ›

For symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): For inhalation aerosol dosage form (used with an inhaler): Adults—2 puffs four times a day and as needed. Do not use more than 12 puffs in any 24-hour period.

How many breaths should you take with an inhaler? ›

The spacer connects to the mouthpiece. The inhaled medicine goes into the spacer tube first. Then you take two deep breaths to get the medicine into your lungs. Using a spacer wastes a lot less medicine than spraying the medicine into your mouth.

What is the benefit of Clenil? ›

Clenil is a medicine used for the maintenance treatment of asthma in adults and children. It is also used to treat recurrent wheezing (whistling sound made while breathing, caused by narrowed airways or inflammation) in children up to 5 years of age.

Does Clenil open airways? ›

Clenil modulite inhaler is a prescription medication used to treat asthma and other respiratory conditions. It comes in an aerosol form that is inhaled through the mouth, and it works by relaxing the muscles around the airways to open them up and make breathing easier.

What does a brown inhaler do to your lungs? ›

Brown inhalers contain a low dose of steroids that help reduce the sensitivity of airways; and used regularly should decrease the likelihood of attacks by building up resistance to triggers.

Why do I cough when I use my brown inhaler? ›

There's a simple reason why some people have the side effects of hoarseness, cough, and sore throat from using an inhaler. It's because the inhaled steroid isn't fully inhaled. Instead, some of the medicine sits in the mouth and throat, causing irritation. Inhaled steroids aren't designed to go into your mouth.

Does brown inhaler stop coughing? ›

In some people, a cough may be the only sign of asthma. Most will be helped by a blue inhaler (containing the drug salbutamol), which relieves symptoms by opening up narrowed airways, and a brown inhaler (containing beclomethasone), which prevents symptoms by reducing inflammation in airways.

What is the best steroid inhaler for asthma? ›

Inhaled Corticosteroids: Are considered the most effective long-term usage medication for control and management of asthma.
Generic NameBrand Name
Beclomethasone DipropionateQvar 40 Redihaler Qvar 80 Redihaler Qvar Website
BudesonidePulmicort Flexhaler 90 mcg Pulmicort Flexhaler 180mcg Pulmicort Flexhaler Website
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Can using inhaler too much damage your lungs? ›

Thirdly, inhalers are used to relax muscles within the airways to relieve or prevent the occurrence of asthma symptoms. Constant exposure to the inhaler could lead to your lungs to become under-responsive to the medication, and your airways could become hypersensitive to common asthma triggers.

Can you take 4 puffs of albuterol every 4 hours? ›

If treating with a metered-dose inhaler, 4 to 8 puffs of 90 mcg every 20 minutes for up to 4 hours is a standard practice followed by 4 to 8 puffs every 1 to 4 hours as needed. For exercise-induced bronchospasm, the recommendation is to treat with an aerosol or powder metered-dose inhaler before exercise.

What happens if you use a inhaler and you don't have asthma? ›

Is it safe for me to use an inhaler if I don't have asthma? Yes. The aim of asthma medications is to relax the airways and reduce inflammation to allow more air intake. Bearing this in mind, it is possible to use an inhaler without being diagnosed with asthma.

Does inhaler give instant relief? ›

Rescue inhalers use short-acting medication, which provides relief from symptoms within 15 to 20 minutes. Short-acting bronchodilators continue to work for 4 to 6 hours. Albuterol is one short-acting medication commonly used in rescue inhalers.

How do I know when my brown inhaler is empty? ›

How can I tell if my inhaler is empty? Some inhalers have a dose counter – this tells you how many puffs or sucks are left in your inhaler before it runs out. If it reads zero it tells you there is no medicine left and you should get a new one.

What is equivalent to Clenil Modulite? ›

Soprobec® MDI contains the same active ingredient and is dose equivalent to Clenil.

Should you use brown inhaler everyday? ›

You need to take your preventer inhaler every day, as prescribed, even if you think your asthma is okay. This is so it can build up protection in your airways over time. Most people need to take their preventer inhaler twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

Does Clenil Modulite help COPD? ›

The main inhaled steroid medications used for COPD are: Beclometasone. Brands include Asmabec®, Beclazone®, Becodisks®, Clenil Modulite®, Pulvinal Beclometasone® and Qvar®. These inhalers are usually brown and sometimes red in colour.

How many puffs of Clenil can I take? ›

The total daily dose may be divided into 2, 3 or 4 doses per day. The total daily dose may be divided into 2, 3 or 4 doses per day.

Can you take too much brown inhaler? ›

Accidentally taking too many puffs from a steroid inhaler is unlikely to be harmful if it's a one-off. Speak to a doctor, nurse or a pharmacist if you're worried. Using a steroid inhaler too much over a long period can increase your chances of getting side effects.

Can you overuse a steroid inhaler? ›

Overusing a fast-acting asthma inhaler can have negative health outcomes including worsening asthma control, depression, and even death. It is important that patients with asthma know when to use rescue inhalers and talk to their providers about how to treat uncontrolled asthma.

Do steroid inhalers work immediately? ›

Inhaled steroids can start working in 24 hours. But you might not notice a change • for 1 or 2 weeks. Even if you do not have any asthma symptoms you should use your inhaled steroid every day. Inhaled steroids can make your voice hoarse or your throat irritated and cause • coughing.

How many puffs are in one inhaler? ›

Take the inhaler from the foil pouch before you use it for the first time. The inhaler provides about 200 inhalations. The dose counter will change to red when there are "20" doses left. Call your doctor or pharmacist for a refill of prescription or medicine.

How long should 200 inhaler puffs last? ›

Your inhaler canister has 200 puffs in it, you are told to take 8 puffs total every day. This canister of medicine will last 25 days, so if you started using it on January 1, you should replace it on or before January 25.

How do you know how many puffs are left in your inhaler? ›

Look on the label of your inhaler to see how many puffs are in the canister. Cross out one number for every puff given. Refill inhaler when 10 puffs are left. Throw away the inhaler at this point.

How effective is Clenil? ›

Effectiveness. Used daily, Clenil can help prevent asthma attacks and control symptoms, such as wheeze or a night-time cough. You should notice a difference in a few days. Clenil does not help control asthma immediately.

Is it OK to take 3 puffs of an inhaler? ›

Yes, the typical recommendation would be if your asthma symptoms have not responded to the typical two-puff dosing with your asthma rescue or quick-relief inhaler, you can repeat this dosing, two puffs, within 15-30 minutes.

What happens if you take 30 puffs of inhaler? ›

In general, 1 - 2 puffs every 4 to 6 hours should provide adequate rescue control of your prescribed bronchodilator. Over use, either by way of more than 2 puffs or more frequently than every 6 hours can produce a rapid or irregular heartbeat, an elevation of blood pressure, shakiness, nervousness and vomiting.

How can I tell when my inhaler is empty? ›

How can I tell if my inhaler is empty? Some inhalers have a dose counter – this tells you how many puffs or sucks are left in your inhaler before it runs out. If it reads zero it tells you there is no medicine left and you should get a new one.

How do I get more puffs out of my inhaler? ›

Remove the inhaler from your mouth and exhale normally. If you need a second puff, wait about 15 to 30 seconds between puffs. Shake the canister again before the next puff.

How do you count inhaler doses? ›

How do I track doses?
  1. Write down how many puffs you should take each day.
  2. Divide the number on the label by the number of puffs you should take each day. (For example, 120 puffs divided by 4 puffs per day = 30 days.) ...
  3. Count off the days on a calendar, then write the date down on the inhaler and on the calendar.


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