Beconase AQ

Generic Name: Beclomethasone

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Beconase AQ is a medicine used to relieve nasal symptoms due to seasonal or year-round allergies, as well as non-allergic nasal symptoms. Beconase AQ is also used to prevent recurrence of nasal polyps following surgical removal. Beconase AQ is available as a nasal spray.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Beconase AQ works by reducing inflammation in your nose.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Beconase AQ has been shown to improve nasal symptoms.

    When:

    Nasal Symptoms: Beconase AQ may begin to improve your symptoms within 3 days. Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Beconase AQ exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    Nasal Polyps: Beconase AQ may improve your symptoms within several weeks.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin using Beconase AQ. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: irritation of your nose and throat, sneezing.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Adrenal insufficiency (a condition in which the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, and low blood pressure.

    Slowed or delayed growth in children.

    Infections in your nose and throat, formation of a hole in the wall between your nostrils, or impaired wound healing.

    Allergic reactions, with symptoms such as trouble breathing.

    Eye problems, including glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) and cataracts.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Beconase AQ if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Beconase AQ. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you recently had a sore in your nose, nasal surgery, or nasal injury; have eye or vision problems; kidney, liver, or heart problems; any type of infection (including tuberculosis [a bacterial infection that affects the lungs] or an eye infection); had chickenpox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chickenpox or measles; notice your symptoms are not improving or are getting worse; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and children ≥12 years: The usual dose is 1 or 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day.

    Children 6-12 years: The usual starting dose is 1 spray in each nostril twice a day. Your healthcare provider may increase your child's dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Beconase AQ as directed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Use on a regular basis.

    Shake the bottle well before each use.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Beconase AQ. Use Beconase AQ regularly since its effectiveness depends on its regular use.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are using Beconase AQ.

    Do not spray Beconase AQ into your eyes.

    Do not use Beconase AQ if you have an untreated nasal infection.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Beconase AQ at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Beconase AQ during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Beconase AQ, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.