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BECONASE AQ
BECLOMETHASONE - NASAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

BECLOMETHASONE - NASAL

(beck-low-METH-uh-sown)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Beconase, Vancenase

Uses

This medication works directly on the nasal tissue to reduce swelling and inflammation. It is used to treat symptoms of allergies which may include nasal congestion, post nasal drip, itching, runny nose, or sneezing.

How To Use

Patient instructions should be provided with the product. Make sure you understand how to use the medication properly. Shake well before each use. The medication must reach the nasal tissue to be effective. Therefore, blow your nose to clear the nasal passage before using the medication. If passages are blocked, a nasal decongestant may be used first (for a maximum of 3 to 5 days) to open the passages allowing proper penetration of the medication. Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not take it more frequently without your doctor's approval. Full benefit of the medication requires regular use. Effects are not immediate, but should be seen in a few days.

Side Effects

This medication may cause lightheadedness, headache, sneezing, nasal irritation, stinging, or drying of nasal tissue. These effects should disappear as your body adjusts to the medication. If they become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: sores in your nose, frequent nosebleeds. Very unlikely to occur but report promptly the following side effects: unusual weakness, weight loss, nausea/vomiting, fainting, dizziness, vision changes. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

This medication should be used with caution if the following medical conditions exist: glaucoma, herpes-type infection of the eye, infection, recent nasal surgery or existing nasal sores, liver disease, tuberculosis, underactive thyroid. Though very unlikely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into your bloodstream. This may have undesirable consequences that may require additional corticosteroid treatment. This is especially true for children and for those who have used this for an extended period if they also have serious medical problems such as serious infections, injuries or surgeries. This precaution applies for up to one year after stopping use of this drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Caution is advised in children as this drug may affect growth patterns. Consult child's doctor. Children under six years of age should not use this medication. This medication should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor. This medication may appear in breast milk. Discuss this with your doctor prior to breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Let your doctor know if you are using: other nasal products (including nonprescription), oral corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), any antibiotics. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

If no improvement in your symptoms is noted after 3 weeks of using this medication, notify your doctor. Another medication may be needed or the dose may need adjusting. Watering or itching eyes often associated with allergies are not significantly relieved by this medication. Inform all your doctors you use, or have used, this medication.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered if it is within an hour or so. If you do not remember until later skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the doses.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from heat and sunlight. Keep medicine from getting too cold or freezing.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).