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.
Beclomethasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Beclomethasone nasal (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.
You should not use this medicine 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 beclomethasone nasal until you are well.
To make sure beclomethasone nasal is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
It is not known whether beclomethasone nasal 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.
Beclomethasone nasal can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.
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.
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 beclomethasone nasal.
Your doctor will need to check your progress while you are using beclomethasone nasal, 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.
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.
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.
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 beclomethasone nasal.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
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.
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.
Your pharmacist can provide more information about beclomethasone nasal.