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Beconase AQ nasal spray

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 3 minutes read

Beconase AQ contains the active ingredient beclomethasone, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid. It is only available by prescription in the US to prevent and treat the symptoms of hay fever and other airborne allergies such as animal and dust allergies. Beconase AQ can help with sneezing, congestion, an itchy or runny nose, sinus discomfort and eyes that are red, itchy, or watery.

Doctor’s advice

How do I use it?

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 AQ 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 while 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 AQ spray or have not used it in a while, press down on the pump before use to check if it is working – it should produce a fine mist.

You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using Beconase AQ for longer than a month or if your symptoms do not start to improve after 7 days of use.

How does it work?

Beclomethasone works by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages, the root cause of hay fever and other airborne allergy symptoms.

Who should avoid it?

Do not use Beconase AQ if you have previously had an allergic reaction to beclomethasone or another ingredient listed in the medication. Unless prescribed by a doctor, Beconase AQ should not be used by anyone under the age of 6.

Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using Beconase AQ if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or you have any problems with your nose such as an injury, infection, ulcers or recent surgery.

Beconase AQ can interact with other medicines such as ritonavir, ketoconazole and other corticosteroids. If you take any prescription, over-the-counter or herbal medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist to check if they are safe to take alongside Beconase AQ.

Are there any side effects?

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.

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Dr Karen Martin
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