What is Beconase Nasal Spray?
Beconase Nasal Spray contains the active ingredient beclometasone, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid (adrenal cortex hormone). Beclometasone has an anti-inflammatory effect and reduces sensitivity to certain stimuli.
When is it used?
Beconase Nasal Spray is used to ease rhinitis, a condition where the inside of the nose is (chronically) inflamed. Rhinitis has symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, itching and sneezing. It can be caused by a variety of factors, from house dust mite allergies, animal allergies to hay fever and nasal polyps. Beconase Nasal Spray reduces swelling and irritation of the mucous membranes, thereby reducing the symptoms of rhinitis.
How to use Beconase Nasal Spray
Beconase Nasal Spray should be used several times a day, preferably around the same times each day. It is available as a convenient aerosol spray. See enclosed leaflet for detailed directions for use and how to administer the spray. Beconase Nasal Spray may take a while before it has the desired effect, so do not stop taking it if it does not seem to be working. This medicine needs time to become fully effective.
Beconase Nasal Spray is an aerosol spray unit containing 42 mcg of beclometasone per inhalation. Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual dose is:
- For adults and children aged 12 and above: one to two inhalations in each nostril twice a day
- Children aged 6 to 12: one inhalation in each nostril once a day
The duration of the treatment is decided by the doctor. Beconase Nasal Spray is not suitable for children under the age of 6.
If you have forgotten to use the spray, you may take the missed dose as soon as you remember it, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Never take a double dose to make up for the missed one.
The most commonly noted side effects associated with Beconase Nasal Spray include:
- A burning sensation in the nose, sneezing and, occasionally, a bloody discharge from the nose. These side effects generally disappear when the patient becomes accustomed to the spray
- Loss of taste and/or smell. Contact a doctor if you have this reaction
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
If taken in normal doses, Beconase Nasal Spray is safe to use by pregnant and breastfeeding women. It is, however, advisable to inform you doctor that you are taking it.
With Beconase Nasal Spray there are no food or alcohol restrictions.