Generic Name: beclomethasone nasal (BE kloe METH a sone)
Brand Name: Beconase AQ, Qnasl
What is Beconase AQ?
Beclomethasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Beconase AQ (for the nose) is used to treat symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies. The Beconase brand of this medication is also used to keep nasal polyps from coming back after surgery to remove them.
Beclomethasone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Beconase AQ if you are allergic to beclomethasone.
Before using beclomethasone, tell your doctor if you have been sick or have had any infections. You may not be able to use Beconase AQ until you are well.
To make sure Beconase AQ is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
glaucoma or cataracts;
herpes simplex virus of your eyes;
tuberculosis or any other infection or illness;
sores or ulcers inside your nose; or
if you have recently had injury of or surgery on your nose.
It is not known whether Beconase AQ will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.
It is not known whether beclomethasone nasal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Beconase should not be given to a child younger than 6 years old. Qnasl should not be given to a child younger than 4 years old.
How should I use Beconase AQ?
The usual dose is 1 to 2 sprays into each nostril once per day. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe use, and directions for priming and disposal of the nasal spray. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Shake the Beconase bottle well just before each use.
It may take several days before your symptoms improve. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Beconase AQ.
Your doctor will need to check your progress while you are using Beconase AQ, to make sure this medicine is not causing harm to your nose or sinuses.
Store in an upright position at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Throw away the Beconase nasal spray after you have used 180 sprays, even if there is still medicine left in the bottle.
Throw away the Qnasl nasal spray after you have used 120 sprays, or if the dose indicator shows a zero.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
An overdose of beclomethasone is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while using Beconase AQ?
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with water and call your doctor.
Using steroid medicine can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using Beconase AQ.
Beconase AQ side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Beconase AQ can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using Beconase AQ.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
severe or ongoing nosebleed;
sores in the nose that won't heal;
blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
signs of a hormonal disorder--worsening tiredness or muscle weakness, anxiety, feeling irritable, feeling light-headed, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss, or weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso); or
signs of infection--fever, chills, sores or white patches in or around your nose, flu symptoms, redness or swelling.
Common side effects may include:
discomfort or irritation inside your nose;
sneezing, runny or stuffy nose;
fever, sore throat;
headache, nausea; or
unpleasant taste or smell.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Beconase AQ?
Other drugs may interact with beclomethasone nasal, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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