Beconase (beclomethasone) is a corticosteroid commonly used to treat allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes/nose/throat, and stuffy or runny nose. It works by reducing the inflammation/swelling in the nasal packages. Beclomethasone Nasal Spray can be used for all kinds of allergies ranging from those that arise seasonally to those triggered by strong scents or smoke. It can also be used to keep nose polyps from coming back after being surgically removed.
Always use Beconase AQ Nasal Spray as directed by one’s physician. Gently blow/clean your nose and shake the container well before use. The spray is meant for use only in the nose, usually 1 or 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day or as directed by one’s doctor. Follow the package’s instructions on how to properly remove the safety clip and cap. To use the spray, press one nostril closed with your finger. Keep the spray upright and lean forward slightly and insert the spray applicator into the open nostril. Press on the pump to deliver the prescribed amount of sprays. Breathe in through your nose and out your mouth. Repeat this process in the other nostril. Clean the applicator tip and replace the safety clip and cap that you removed in the beginning. Be sure to not spray directly into the middle (septum) of your nose. The Beconase AQ Nasal Spray does not work immediately, and it may take up to 2 weeks before one sees the benefits of the medication. It’s optimal to use this medication regularly, at the same time every day, to see the best results faster. Keep track of the number of sprays used from the bottle and discard of it after you have used the specified number of sprays on the package.
Prior to using the medication, consult with your doctor if you:
If your condition doesn’t improve or worsens, let your physician know immediately. Do not increase dosage or frequency of medication without prior direction from your physician.
Side effects include but are not limited to:
Stop taking Beconase AQ Nasal Spray and get immediate medical help if you experience any of these rarer symptoms:
If any of these effects persist or worsen immediately tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Q: Can I use Beconase AQ Nasal Spray for allergies I get allergies all year-round?
A: Yes, this nasal spray can be used for allergy symptoms arising from sudden changes in one’s environment to change of season.
Q: Are there any serious side effects to taking Beconase that I should be aware of?
A: There is a chance that this medication may cause cataracts or glaucoma. Discuss these and other risks with your doctor before using Beconase AQ Nasal spray.
Q: How long until I see improvements in my symptoms?
A: Since the nasal spray isn’t fast-acting or immediate at all, it may take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks to see the benefits. It’s best to stay consistent with the medication for the best possible results.
Q: What happens if I sprayed Beconase in my eyes?
A: If Beconase is used near the eyes or mouth, it may burn. Be wary and take precautions to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Q: Are there any precautions I should take before I switch from using an oral steroid to Beconase AQ nasal spray?
A: Yes, the dosage of the previous steroid may need to be slowly lowered to avoid any serious side effects. Discuss stopping the other steroid with your doctor to minimize any unwanted effects.