Beconase contains the active ingredient beclometasone, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid. It is available over-the-counter for adults to prevent and treat the symptoms of hay fever and other airborne allergies such as animal and dust allergies. Beconase can help with sneezing, congestion, an itchy or runny nose, sinus discomfort and eyes that are red, itchy or watery.
Initially, it is recommended that you use two sprays into each nostril twice a day in the morning and evening. You can try reducing this to one spray twice daily once your symptoms are under control. Beconase can take two to three days to achieve its maximum effect, so it is best to use it regularly each day so you can stop symptoms before they occur. Instructions on how to administer a spray are listed below. First, give the bottle a shake, remove the cap and gently blow your nose. Hold the nasal spray with one hand, placing your thumb underneath the bottle and your middle and index fingers on the pump on the opposite side of the nozzle. Place the nozzle into one nostril, only as far as is comfortable, and put a finger from the other hand over the other nostril to close it. Tilt your head forward slightly, keeping the bottle upright, and press down on the pump to release the spray whilst slowly breathing in through your nose, as gently as if you are sniffing a flower. Then breathe out through your mouth. If you are using a new Beconase spray or have not used it in a while, press down on the pump before use to check it is working – it should produce a fine mist. You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using Beconase for longer than a month or if your symptoms do not start to improve after 7 days of use.
Beclometasone works by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages, the root cause of hay fever and other airborne allergy symptoms.
Do not use Beconase if you have previously had an allergic reaction to beclometasone or another ingredient listed in the medication. Unless prescribed by a doctor, Beconase should not be used by anyone under the age of 18. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using Beconase if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or you have any problems with your nose such as an injury, infection, ulcers or recent surgery. Beconase can interact with other medicines such as ritonavir, cobicistat, ketoconazole and other corticosteroids. If you take any prescription, over-the-counter or herbal medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist to check they are safe to take alongside Beconase.
Possible side effects include nose bleeds, irritation, soreness and drying of the nose and experiencing an unpleasant smell or taste. Seek urgent medical advice if you develop any problems with your eyes such as blurring, clouding or loss of vision.