Beclometasone spray relieves allergic symptoms such as congestion, sneezing and itching of the nose.
It will take a few days of treatment before you feel the full effect.
If you are using it for hay fever, start using it 2-3 weeks before the hay fever season begins and use it regularly.
Any side-effects are usually mild.
About beclometasone nasal spray
|Type of medicine||Corticosteroid nose spray|
|Used for||Allergic conditions of the nose|
|Also called||Beconase®; Nasobec®; Pollenase®; Vivabec®|
|Available as||Nasal spray|
Beclometasone nasal spray is used to prevent or ease rhinitis. This is a condition where the inside of your nose becomes inflamed and irritated. Common symptoms include sneezing, a blocked or congested nose, a watery discharge (runny nose), and an itchy nose. It is commonly caused by allergies, such as hay fever.
Exposure to irritants such as pollen, pet fur, house dust mite, or pollution can cause the body to produce a chemical called histamine. The release of histamine causes the lining of the nose to become swollen and itchy, which in turn causes the sneezing and other nasal symptoms. Beclometasone nasal spray reduces inflammation and swelling and so relieves the congestion, itching, sneezing, irritation and discomfort.
It is available on prescription, or you can buy smaller packs without a prescription at pharmacies and other retail outlets.
Before using beclometasone nasal spray
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start using beclometasone spray, speak with a doctor or pharmacist for advice:
- If you have an infection in your nose.
- If you have recently had any surgery on your nose.
- If you have tuberculosis (TB).
- If it is intended for a child.
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you are taking or using other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.
How to use beclometasone nasal spray
- Shake the bottle and remove the cap.
- Before you use the spray for the first time, hold the spray away from you and place your fingers each side of the nozzle. Press down a few times until you can see a fine mist in the air. (This only needs to be done when you first start using a spray).
- Blow your nose gently to clear it.
- Close one nostril by placing a finger gently against one side of your nose. Tilt your head forward slightly and insert the nozzle of the spray into the other nostril. Try to keep the bottle upright as you do this.
- Breathe in through your nose and push down firmly on the collar of the nozzle to administer one spray, then breathe out through your mouth. Repeat this in the same nostril for a second spray.
- Repeat the step above in your other nostril.
- Wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue and replace the cap. If the nozzle becomes blocked, you can remove it from the bottle and rinse it under warm water.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. This will give you a step-by-step guide of how to use the spray, and will also give you a full list of possible side-effects from using it.
- When you first start using beclometasone, it is usual to use two sprays into both nostrils twice a day. Once your symptoms are controlled, you may be able to reduce this to just one spray into each nostril once daily. It is important that you use the spray regularly, even if your symptoms are controlled.
- If you have bought the spray without seeing a doctor and your symptoms have not improved after 14 days of using it, you should make an appointment to see your doctor to check that it is the correct treatment for you.
- Treatment with beclometasone may be continued for up to a maximum of three months. Do not use it for longer than this without speaking with a doctor.
- Do not use the spray more often or for a longer period than is recommended on the label, as this can increase the risk of side-effects.
- If you are using the spray for hay fever, it may help to start using it 2-3 weeks before the hay fever season starts. This is because it takes a few days of treatment before you feel the full effect, so starting before the pollen count rises will help prevent symptoms from developing.
Can beclometasone nasal spray cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Beclometasone nasal spray side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who use this spray
||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Dryness and irritation of the nose and throat, mild nosebleeds, unusual tastes and smells||If any of these become troublesome, speak with a pharmacist or doctor. An alternative preparation may be more suitable for you|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store beclometasone nasal spray
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
- Check on the label for how long you can use the spray once it has been opened. After this time, get a fresh supply.
Important information about all medicines
Never take more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that you or someone else might have taken an overdose of this medicine, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking.
If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with your other medicines.
Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.
Further reading & references
- Manufacturer's PIL, Beconase® Aqueous Nasal Spray; Allen & Hanburys Ltd, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated June 2011.
- British National Formulary; 65th Edition (Mar 2013) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
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Dr John Cox