Beclometasone nasal sprays are some of the most popular remedies for hay fever and allergy symptoms.
Just a couple of sprays into each nostril every day can help to clear your airways and relieve symptoms like sneezing, itching, and a blocked nose.
Beclometasone (also known as beclomethasone dipropionate) is a corticosteroid, which means it works as an anti-inflammatory, helping to clear your nose so you can breathe more easily, even when you’re facing a high pollen count!
Beclometasone dipropionate is found in Beconase, a popular branded allergy nasal spray, but is also available in its non-branded form, which offers the same fantastic active ingredient and is often cheaper to boot!
Most beclomethasone allergy nasal sprays use a 0.05% formulation, which means that each spray contains 50 micrograms of beclomethasone.
Adults using this kind of spray should use the recommended dose of two sprays into each nostril, twice a day.
Over time, you may be able to reduce your dose to one spray in each nostril, twice a day, if your symptoms improve.
Of course, if your doctor or pharmacist tells you to use a different dose, you should follow their instructions rather than the recommended dose.
Always be sure to read the patient information leaflet that comes with your own medication carefully to make sure you’re taking the right amount, as some medications may require different dosages.
Like all medications, beclometasone dipropionate can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Some of the most common side effects of beclometasone include:
If you experience these or any other side effects while using beclometasone, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
For a full list of the side effects of your own medicine, please read the patient information leaflet that comes with it carefully.
Beclometasone is not suitable for use by children or adolescents under the age of 18.
If your child is suffering from hay fever and you need a way to ease their symptoms, speak to your doctor or pharmacist so they can help you to find suitable medication for them.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor before taking any medication, including beclometasone.
Some medications may not be safe for you or your baby at this time.
However, doctors often recommend that pregnant or breastfeeding women start to treat their hay fever or allergy symptoms with a nasal spray or eye drops as a first port of call, so make sure you ask a medical professional whether beclometasone is suitable for you and only use it under their recommendation.
If you’re using hay fever tablets, then you may be able to use a beclometasone nasal spray at the same time to help to ease your blocked nose and sneezing.
However, you should always speak to your doctor or pharmacist before doing so to make sure that the medications you’re taking are safe to be used together and won’t interact.
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