- Side Effects
- Patient Information Leaflet
What is Beconase
Beconase Aqueous Nasal spray is a steroid spray designed to treat allergic rhinitis symptoms of a runny nose, sneezing, nasal obstruction, sneezing or itching. Its active ingredient is beclometasone dipropionate, which is a corticosteroid that works by reducing swelling, inflammation hence relieving an itchy runny or decongested nose.
How long do I take Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray for before I notice a difference?
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Sprays should be used regularly for one to experience its full effect. Nonetheless, even if you notice an improvement in your symptoms after a few days of using the spray, do not stop treatment unless your doctor or pharmacist asks you to.
What are the side effects of Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray
If ever you experience any of the side effects not listed on the patient leaflet enclosed, report this to your doctor immediately. Otherwise, like all nasal sprays, some of the common side effects include unpleasant smell or taste, a dry or painful throat/nose, nose bleeds, skin rashes, itching, redness or weals due to mild allergic reactions. You may also experience sores inside your nose, hormonal-related issues such as vomiting, weight loss, muscle weakness, lightheadedness, or anxiety.
In case you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, seek medical advice before using this medicine.
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray may cause allergic reactions to a few people. These reactions should be reported to the doctor immediately as they occur, for they can be life-threatening if left untreated. The allergy symptoms could range from having difficulty breathing, wheezing non-stop to swelling around the throat or face.
Very rare side effects cataracts, glaucoma or damage to your nose.
Prolonged use of this treatment in high doses can also affect steroid production in your body. In children, this could inhibit normal growth, thus causing them to grow a bit slower than their peers.
If you have any doubts, speak to your GP or consult our medical specialists at Click Pharmacy should you require any further advice.
How Effective Is Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray?
As a steroid spray, Beconase Aqueous Nasal spray falls under a category of most effective nasal sprays for symptoms such as Allergic rhinitis and pet allergies. This medication can be used regularly and may take up to two weeks or more for a patient to feel its full benefit. Nonetheless, it is effective in treating and preventing the reoccurrence of allergic reaction since it reduces the release of inflammatory substances released in the body. Since patients respond differently to medication, you should always check with your doctor to determine if this steroid spray is appropriate for your or another alternative would suit you better.
Can I buy Beconase Aqueous Nasal Sprayonline?
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray does not require a prescription for adults over the age of 18 years, and therefore it is available to be purchased online. However, one may need a prescription if the medication is to be used by a patient under the age of 18. Also, regardless of age, you may be required to answer a few medical questions to check for eligibility. Hence, you are very welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product.
After an online consultation, you can order up to three units of the drug, which will be sent to you by Next Day Delivery.
What dose should I choose?
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray is not suitable for children under the age of six years. Hence, for children above six years and adults, spray twice into each nostril two times a day. Each spray contains the strength of 50 micrograms of the active ingredient beclometasone dipropionate, therefore, do not exceed a dose of 8 sprays in a period of 24 hours. That is four sprays per nostril.
Use the spray every day and regularly for a maximum period of 12 weeks.
As your symptoms improve, the doctor may advise you to reduce the dosage to one spray per nostril twice a day. Do not use a higher dose than the doctor recommends that even if you do not see any improvement. The doctor might suggest you increase the dose to the first dose if symptoms get worse.
Each unit (22gm) of Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray contains 200 doses.
How should I takeBeconase Aqueous Nasal Spray
Shake the 22gm bottle of Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray and take off the dust cap.
Prime the spray by pumping it a few times until a fine mist is produced.
Blow your nose before spraying. Close one nostril using your forefinger and put the nozzle in your other nostril. The nozzle should be facing away from the opposite nostril.
Breathe in gently then press the collar of the spray with your fingers until a fine mist is released. Breathe out through the mouth and repeat this process for the other nostril.
Once you’re done wipe the nozzle the replace the dust cap to seal.
Each 22mg of Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray delivers 200 sprays.
How does Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray work?
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray contains an active ingredient known as beclometasonedipropionate, which works by decreasing the swelling of the air tracts in the lungs, thus making it easier for a patient to breathe. This steroid spray prevents and treats seasonal allergies such as hay fever and allergic rhinitis.
When shouldn’t I take Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray
Do not begin this treatment if someone else has passed it on to you; even if their signs and symptoms were similar to yours, it would cause cross-contamination. Do not use Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray if you are allergic to the active ingredient, beclometasone dipropionate, or any other ingredient listed on the product. You are advised to seek medical attention in case you experience blurred vision orany other visual disturbances.
Also, Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray is not suitable for children persons under the age of six years.
What is the difference between Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray and (Beconase Hayfever relief/Dymista
While Beconase Aqueous Nasal spray and Beconase Hayfever relief may fall under steroid sprays, Dymista is a dual-action spray combining both steroid action and antihistamine action.
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray requires a prescription, while Beconase Hayfever does not.
It is not advisable to use a steroid spray such as Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray alongside an antihistamine at the same time, although you can opt for a spray with 2 in 1 action such as Dymista
Is Beconase available over the counter?
Yes, you can purchase Beconase over the counter. However, note that the treatment for hay fever is only available over the counter in pack sizes of 100 doses. If you wish to purchase bottles containing 200 doses, then you would require a valid prescription from your pharmacist or GP.
Alternatives to Beconase
If Beconase does not work for you, try other treatments for hay fever and allergies. You can find various OTC alternatives to Beconase:
- Rhinolast Nasal Spray
- Dymista Nasal Spray
- Pirinase Hayfever Nasal Spray
- Avamys Nasal Spray
How long does Beconase take to work?
Beconase is a quick-acting treatment. You should start to feel the effects of the treatment within a few days. However, it is crucial to ensure that you use Beconase regularly to get optimal results.
In addition, if you are using Beconase to treat hay fever, it is advised to start treatment 1 to 2 weeks before pollen season starts unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
Is Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray suitable for children?
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray is not suitable for children under the age of six years old.
Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with a pharmacist before using Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray.
Why is my Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray not working?
If your Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray is not working, it may be blocked and require cleaning.
How do I clean my Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray?
To clean your Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray you should remove the white nozzle and soak it in warm water for a few minutes. After a few minutes rinse the nozzle and place it back on the spray.
Can I lower my dose of Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray if I begin to feel better?
If you start to feel better you may be able to alternate your dose to only one spray in each nostril twice a day. However before lowering your dose you should always consult with a GP or pharmacist.
Can I use a pin to clean the nozzle of my Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray?
You should not use a pin or any sharp object to clean and unblock the nozzle of your spray. This is to ensure the size of the nozzle does not enlarge and damage the way the spray works in any way.
What if I forget to use my Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray?
If you forget to take your dose of Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray you should skip the dose you just missed and continue as normal.
Can I use someone else's Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray?
You should not use someone else’s Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray as it can cause cross-contamination.
It is rare to experience severe side effects from using Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray. Although some may experience a dry painful nose and a few nose bleeds, these symptoms are rare and normally disappear within a few days of your treatment.