Table 2

Dose comparisons of inhaled corticosteroids in order of increasing lipophilicity

DrugLow daily dose (µg)*Medium daily dose (µg)High daily dose (µg)
Beclometasone dipropionate100200–400>400
Mometasone furoate200200–400>400
  • * Low daily doses recommended by GINA as those doses not associated with clinically adverse effects in trial evidence.

  • Consensus doses for older children or adults.

  • Note differing potency of non-CFC propellant formulations QVAR and Clenil Modulite.

  • § Fluticasone is not licensed in children <4 years.

  • Mometasone furoate and ciclesonide are not currently licensed for children <12 years in the UK.