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Beconase Nasal Spray

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Beconase Nasal Spray is an anti-allergy medication. It is used to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis, which is inflammation of the nose caused by an allergen. Common symptoms can include sneezing, itchy, watery eyes or runny nose.
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Beconase Nasal Spray

What is Beconase Nasal Spray?

Beconase Nasal Spray is an anti-allergy medication, used to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the nose, caused by an allergen. Common allergens include pollen, dust, or flakes of skin from animals. Beconase can provide relief for this condition, reducing inflammation in the nose and reducing symptoms such as nasal congestion and sneezing.

Beconase 200 dose aqueous nasal spray is a prescription only medication. You must have a valid prescription to be able to buy it. Alternatively, we can prescribe it to you following a brief online assessment. Contact us to find out more.

The active ingredient in Beconase nasal spray is beclometasone dipropionate. For more information about Beconase, consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Allergic rhinitis is caused by the production of a chemical called histamine in the body. When the body is exposed to an allergen, it produces histamine, which causes symptoms such as sneezing and a blocked nose.

The active ingredient in Beconase is beclometasone dipropionate, which is a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids work to reduce inflammation and swelling, thereby relieving nasal congestion.

Beconase will not relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis immediately, and typically takes several days of regular use in order to become effective.

Before you take it

You should not use Beconase nasal spray if you are allergic to beclometasone dipropionate or any of the other ingredients in this medication. You should speak with your doctor in order to discuss an alternative medication to treat your symptoms.

If you have an infection in the nose or in the nasal passages, you should ensure you seek treatment for this first before using Beconase nasal spray. Ask your doctor whether it is suitable for you to use Beconase while you are undergoing treatment for your infection.

If you experience blurred vision or any other visual disturbances while using Beconase, consult your doctor for advice.

Consult with your doctor as to whether Beconase is suitable for you if you have recently had surgery on your nose or if you have problems with ulceration in your nose.

Beconase should not generally be used during pregnancy. It will only be prescribed to you during pregnancy if other medicines have not worked and you are unable to tolerate your rhinitis symptoms. If you have been prescribed Beconase during pregnancy, you must only use it as directed by your doctor.

Beconase is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, you must always ensure you are fully aware of how this medication affects you before you drive or operate machinery while using it.

Your doctor may adjust your dose at certain times, including at times of extreme stress, after a serious accident, illness or injury, or before and after a surgical operation. Your doctor will consult with you during these times and will administer the most appropriate dose for your condition.

Beconase contains benzalkonium chloride. This may cause a condition called bronchospasm which restricts your breathing. You should speak to your doctor before using it if you have a history of respiratory problems. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing after using Beconase, speak to your doctor.

Some medications may interact with Beconase. Speak with your doctor if you are taking any of the following before using Beconase:

  • Other corticosteroid or steroid medications, such as prednisolone or hydrocortisone
  • Protease inhibitors such as ritonavir
  • Medication to treat fungal infections such as ketoconazole

This is not a complete list of warnings and interactions. For a full list, consult the patient information leaflet.

Dosage Instructions

You must always use Beconase as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to use Beconase, consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

It takes several days for this medication to begin working. You should start using it several days before you expect to experience symptoms, such as at the start of the pollen season if you suffer from hay fever.

Use this medication twice per day. Administer one spray in each nostril twice a day. As your symptoms improve your doctor may request that you reduce this to once per day. If your symptoms then get worse, you may have your dosage increased again.

If your symptoms are particularly bad, your doctor may recommend you administer two sprays into each nostril at a time.

For a comprehensive guide on how to use the Beconase spray bottle, you should consult the patient information leaflet. If you are unsure of how to administer the spray, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Store Beconase in a cool, dry place, free from moisture and heat. Do not refrigerate the spray. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Beconase

Beconase may cause unwanted side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature, and should go away as your body becomes used to the medication. However, if they concern you, or they persist, you may wish to visit your doctor for advice. Possible side effects include:

  • Sneezing after using the spray
  • Unpleasant taste or smell
  • Dry or painful nose or throat
  • Nosebleeds
  • Mild allergic reactions, including skin reactions or rashes

Beconase may also cause more serious side effects. These are rare, but if you experience them you should visit your doctor and ask for advice. Symptoms can include:

  • Damage to your nose
  • Cataracts (cloudy lens in your eye)
  • Glaucoma (increased pressure in your eye)
  • Blurred vision

It’s possible for Beconase to cause a serious allergic reaction. This is extremely rare, but if you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction you must immediately seek medical advice. An allergic reaction is an emergency. Symptoms can include:

  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Wheezing
  • Hives or nettle rash
  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Skin rash, including redness, blistering, peeling or itching

This is not an exhaustive list of potential side effects. For a full list, consult the patient information leaflet or visit your doctor for advice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Beconase suitable for children?

Beconase can be used by children six years of age and over with the specific approval of a doctor. However, we do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.

I’m pregnant. Can I use Beconase?

You should not generally use Beconase during pregnancy. You will only be prescribed Beconase if other methods to control your rhinitis symptoms have not worked. Consult with your doctor to discuss the most appropriate method of treatment for your allergic rhinitis if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss your regular dose of Beconase, simply use it again at the next scheduled time. Never use more than one dose to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I use too much?

If you accidentally spray too much Beconase into your nose, it is unlikely to cause harm. Speak with your doctor if you believe you have accidentally been using too much Beconase over an extended period of time. Steroid-overuse can cause a variety of problems, including thinning skin, excess facial hair, menstrual problems and impotence. If you or a child accidentally drinks Beconase, immediately go to your nearest hospital casualty department.

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Dosage 50 mcg
Dosage Instructions Please see medicine label for the dosage instructions.