What is Beconase nasal spray?
Beconase nasal spray is a treatment for hay fever symptoms, like sneezing, itching, and a blocked or runny nose. If you’re an adult suffering with hay fever and you need a quick and reliable way to ease your symptoms, this could be the perfect solution for you. Beconase spray takes just a few sprays a day to treat and prevent your symptoms, perfect for when the symptoms in your nose are flaring up during the spring and summer months.
Why do I get hay fever symptoms?
Hay fever symptoms happen when you’re allergic to a substance called pollen, which is created by plants and flowers. If you have hay fever, pollen can cause an allergic reaction in your body, making your body create a natural substance called histamine that triggers your hay fever symptoms. These symptoms are designed to help your body to remove the pollen, and some of the most common symptoms include:
- Blocked nose
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose, eyes, ears, or throat
- Red, watery eyes
How will the beclometasone in Beconase nasal spray relieve my hay fever symptoms?
The active ingredient in Beconase nasal spray is beclometasone dipropionate, which is a type of medication called a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids, or steroids, work by reducing inflammation, so this product will reduce the inflammation in your nose and ease the irritation that causes sneezing and itching. It also helps to reduce swelling that causes a blocked or runny nose, helping you to breathe more easily.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Beconase nasal spray. This especially applies if you are already taking:
- Other corticosteroids, including eczema creams, asthma inhalers, tablets, injections, nasal sprays, or eye and nose drops
- Medications for HIV, including ritonavir and cobicistat
Can I use Beconase if I’m taking other hay fever medications?
If you’re taking other hay fever medications, like antihistamine tablets or hay fever eye drops, you may be able to take Beconase nasal spray at the same time. However, you should only do this if you’re told to by your doctor or pharmacist, as the combination of some medications may not be safe for you.
Can I use this nasal spray if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Beconase or any other medication. Some treatments may not be right for you or your baby at this time, but a medical professional can help you to choose a product that’s safe for both of you.
How to take this product
Before using this product, shake the bottle well. Remove the dust cap and place the nozzle of the spray into one nostril, holding the other nostril closed with your finger. Breathe in through your nose and press down on the pump with your fingers to release a spray into your nostril. After using the spray, wipe the nozzle carefully with a tissue or handkerchief and replace the dust cap.
What is the usual dosage of Beconase Spray?
Spray two puffs of Beconase in each nostril twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Do not use more than 8 sprays in total every day. It may take this product 2 - 3 days to build up to its maximum protective effect, but if your symptoms haven’t improved after using this product for 7 days, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
When should this product not be used?
Beconase Nasal Spray is not suitable for use in children under the age of 18. Do not take this product if you are allergic to beclometasone dipropionate or any of the other listed ingredients. For use in the nose only. Do not swallow. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you have:
- An infection or ulcers in your nose
- Recently had surgery or an injury to your nose
Can I buy Beconase over the counter?
You do not need a prescription for Beconase spray, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist4U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this product is the best choice for you.
Does Beconase Nasal Spray have any side effects?
Like all medications, Beconase Nasal Spray can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
- Allergic reactions causing symptoms such as a rash, swelling of the face, mouth, lips, tongue, or throat, or difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Eye problems, e.g. pain, blurred vision
- Nasal problems, e.g. pain, persistent bleeding
- Nose bleeds
- Dryness or irritation in your nose and throat
- Blurred vision
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not refrigerate. Do not take this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Once opened use within 3 months. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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