Beconase (Generic Beclomethasone Nasal Spray)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Beclomethasone nasal spray is used to treat hay fever, other allergies, or vasomotor (nonallergic) rhinitis, which causes runny, stuffy, or itchy nose symptoms (rhinitis). As a follow-up following surgery to remove nasal polyps, it is also used to prevent nasal polyps (swelling of the lining of the nose). Beclomethasone nasal spray should not be used to treat cold-related symptoms, such as runny, stuffy, or itchy nose. Beclomethasone nasal spray is a member of the corticosteroid drug class. It functions by preventing the release of specific organic compounds that produce allergic symptoms.
How should this medicine be used?
Beclomethasone is available as a liquid suspension that can be sprayed up the nose. Typically, it is sprayed twice daily into each nostril. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Beclomethasone should only be used as prescribed. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.
Children under the age of 12 should have adult assistance when using beclomethasone nasal spray. This drug should not be administered to children under the age of six.
Only the nose may be used to administer beclomethasone nasal spray. Avoid spraying the nasal spray into your mouth or eyes, and never consume it.
Only one individual should use a bottle of beclomethasone nasal spray at a time. Beclomethasone nasal spray shouldn’t be shared because it could spread bacteria.
Although it does not treat hay fever or allergies, beclomethasone nasal spray manages their symptoms. It can take one to two weeks before you experience beclomethasone’s full benefits, however your symptoms might start to get better a few days after you start using it. It is advisable to use beclomethasone frequently. Unless your doctor has instructed you to only use beclomethasone as necessary, use it on a regular frequency. After using beclomethasone nasal spray for three weeks, if your symptoms worsen or do not improve, contact your doctor right away. It may be necessary for you to maintain medication for a number of weeks as prescribed by your doctor if you are using beclomethasone nasal spray to stop the recurrence of nasal polyps following surgery.
A specific number of sprays are intended to be delivered by the beclomethasone nasal spray. It’s possible that the remaining sprays in the bottle don’t contain the right amount of medication after the designated number of them have been used. Even if the container still has some liquid in it, you should keep note of how many sprays you have used and discard the bottle once you have used the designated amount of sprays.
Read the enclosed written instructions before using the beclomethasone nasal spray for the first time. Take these actions:
- Before each usage, give the bottle a light shake.
- Take off the dust cap.
- You must prime the pump by following steps 4 to 5 below if you are using it for the first time or if it has been more than a week since you last used it. Skip to step 6 if you have used the pump within the last week.
- Hold the spray so that the bottom of the bottle rests on your thumb, the applicator lying between your forefinger and middle finger. Your face should be away from the applicator.
- When utilising the spray for the first time, press down on the pump and then release it six times. Press down and then let go of the spray until you notice a fine mist if you’ve used the pump before but not in the last week or recently cleaned the nozzle.
- To clean your nostrils, gently blow your nose.
- With your finger, firmly seal one nostril.
- To carefully insert the nasal applicator tip into your other nostril, tilt your head slightly forward. Keep the bottle upright at all times.
- Hold the pump so that the bottom rests on your thumb and the applicator is positioned between your forefinger and middle finger.
- Start inhaling through your nose.
- Use your fingers and middle finger to press down hard on the applicator and let out a spray while inhaling.
- Slowly inhale through your nose, then gently exhale through your mouth.
- Repeat steps 6 through 12 if your doctor advised you to use two sprays in that nostril.
- From steps 6 to 13, repeat in the opposite nostril.
- After cleaning the applicator with a fresh tissue, place the dust cover over it.
For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using beclomethasone nasal spray,
- If you have an allergy to beclomethasone, any other drugs, or any of the ingredients in beclomethasone nasal spray, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- Asthma (sudden episodes of wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing), cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye), glaucoma (an eye disease), any type of infection, or an eye herpes infection should all be disclosed to your doctor. You should also mention any recent surgery you have had on your nose, any injury to your nose, sores in your nose, or any of the above (an infection that causes a sore on the eyelid or eye surface). Also let your doctor know if you have had contact with somebody who has chicken pox, measles, or tuberculosis (TB; a form of lung illness).
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking beclomethasone.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
The missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
The nasal spray of beclomethasone might have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Nose discomfort, congestion, or dryness
- Joint or muscle discomfort
- Bad flavour or odour
- Muscular tremor
- Bruise easily
- Menstrual cycle variations
- You may have nasal, mouth, or throat white spots
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Stop using the beclomethasone nasal spray immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms, or seek immediate medical attention:
- Breathing or swallowing challenges
- Swelling of the face, ankles, or lower legs
- Vision alters
You should be aware that this drug may result in youngsters growing more slowly. Find out from your child’s doctor how long they should take this medication. If you are worried about your child’s growth while taking this medicine, talk to their doctor.
Other negative effects from beclomethasone nasal spray are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
The applicator for your nasal spray should occasionally be cleaned. To remove the applicator from the container, first you must take off the dust cap. Put the dust cap and applicator back on the bottle after washing and rinsing them in cold water, allowing them to air dry at room temperature.
Wash the spray tip in warm water, rinse it with cold water, and then dry it if it is blocked. To get the obstruction out, avoid using pins or other pointed things.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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