Patient Leaflet Updated 25-Oct-2019 | GlaxoSmithKline UK
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray
Package Leaflet: Information for the user
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray
beclometasone dipropionate 50 micrograms
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Beconase is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Beconase
3. How to use Beconase
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Beconase
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1 What Beconase is and what it is used for
Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray (called ‘Beconase’ in this leaflet) contains a medicine called beclometasone dipropionate. This belongs to a group of medicines called steroids (also called ‘cortico-steroids’).
Beconase is used to prevent and treat:
2 What you need to know before you use Beconase
Do not use Beconase if:
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
Other medicines and Beconase
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This includes herbal medicines.
Some medicines may increase the effects of Beconase and your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully if you are taking these medicines (including some medicines for HIV: ritonavir, cobicistat).
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using your medicine if:
If you are unsure if the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Beconase.
Beconase with food and drink
You can use Beconase at any time of day, with or without food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Beconase is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
Beconase contains benzalkonium chloride
Beconase contains benzalkonium chloride which may cause problems with your breathing (bronchospasm).
3 How to use Beconase
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How much to use - adults and children (aged 6 and over)
If you use high doses of Beconase
There are times when your doctor may need to adjust the dose of the steroid you are given or the way in which you take it. These times are:
If you think that any of these apply to you whilst using Beconase, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Preparing your spray
Each spray has a dust cap which protects the nozzle and keeps it clean. Remember to take this off before using the spray.
A new spray (or one that has not been used for a few days), may not work first time. You need to ‘prime’ the spray by pumping the spray a few times until a fine mist is produced.
1. Hold the bottle as shown in the diagram in the printed leaflet of your pack and make sure it is pointed away from you
2. Put your forefinger and middle finger on the collar either side of the nozzle and put your thumb underneath the bottle
3. Keep your thumb still, and press down with your fingers to pump the spray.
Using your spray
1 Shake the bottle and take off the dust cap.
2 Blow your nose gently.
3 Close one nostril with your finger as shown, and put the nozzle in the other nostril. Tilt your head forward slightly and keep the bottle upright. Hold the bottle as shown in the diagram in the printed leaflet of your pack.
4 Start to breathe in slowly through your nose. While you are breathing in press down firmly on the collar with your fingers. A spray of fine mist will go into your nostril.
5 Breathe out through your mouth.
6 Repeat step 4 to use a second spray in the same nostril.
7 Remove the nozzle from this nostril and breathe out through your mouth.
8 Repeat steps 3 to 6 for your other nostril.
9 After using your spray, wipe the nozzle carefully with a clean tissue or handkerchief, and replace the dust cap.
Cleaning your spray
Clean your spray at least once a week, or more often if it gets blocked.
1 Take the dust cap off.
2 Pull upwards on the white collar to remove the nozzle.
3 Soak the nozzle and dust cap in warm water for a few minutes.
4 Then rinse under a running tap.
5 Shake off the excess water and let them dry in a warm place.
6 Put the nozzle back on the spray.
7 ‘Prime’ the bottle as described in the section above, Preparing your spray
If you forget to use Beconase
If you miss a dose, just use the next dose when it is due.
If you use more Beconase than you should
Tell your doctor if you use more than you were told to.
It is important that you take your dose as stated on the pharmacist’s label or as advised by your doctor. You should use only as much as your doctor recommends; using more or less may make your symptoms worse.
If you stop taking Beconase
Do not stop treatment even if you feel better, unless your doctor tells you to stop. If you do stop, the symptoms may come back.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4 Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
Allergic reactions: get a doctor’s help straight away
A small number of people get allergic reactions to Beconase, which can develop into a more serious, even life-threatening problem if not treated. Symptoms include;
If this happens, tell your doctor straight away – you may need urgent medical treatment.
Immediately after you use your spray
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following side effects:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Very rarely, the normal production of steroids in your body may be affected. This is more likely to happen if you use high doses for a long time. Your doctor will help stop this happening by making sure you use the lowest dose of steroid which controls your symptoms. In children this side effect can rarely cause them to grow more slowly than others. Children who receive this treatment for a long period of time will have their height checked regularly by their doctor.
Not Known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the leaflet. You can also report any side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5 How to store Beconase
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6 Contents of the pack and other Information
What Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray contains
What Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray looks like and contents of the pack
Each bottle delivers 200 sprays. Each spray contains 50 micrograms of beclometasone dipropionate.
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