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Beclomethasone Dipropionate Nasal spray, suspension

What is this medicine?

BECLOMETHASONE (be kloe METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. It helps decrease inflammation in your nose. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, itching, and runny or stuffy nose. This medicine is also used to prevent the return of nasal polyps.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. Ask your doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain, tightness

  • infection

  • trouble breathing, wheezing

  • unusual swelling

  • white patches or sores in the mouth or nose

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning, irritation in nose or throat

  • cough

  • headache

  • nosebleed

  • runny nose, sneezing

  • unusual taste or smell

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Check with your doctor before you use any other medicine for your nose or sinus.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date or after the labeled number of sprays have been used, whichever comes first.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • infection, like tuberculosis, herpes, or fungal infection

  • recent surgery or injury of nose or sinuses

  • taking corticosteroids by mouth

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to beclomethasone, other corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve in 1 to 2 weeks of regular use.

Do not come in contact with people who have chickenpox or the measles while you are taking this medicine. If you do, call your doctor right away.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 2/20/2014
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