Beconase AQ (Beclomethasone dipropionate monohydrate) is a nasal spray that acts as an anti-inflammatory steroid. It is mostly used to treat seasonal, perennial allergies, and non-allergic rhinitis. This treatment shows its best results after 2 or 3 days of use. If you do not have relief within about 3 weeks do not continue using Beconase AQ. Beconase AQ is also used in the treatment of nasal polyps after surgical removal. Beconase AQ should not be used if there is a nasal infection involving nasal mucosa. If you have those symptoms contact your doctor before you use Beconase AQ.
Beconase AQ is designed so that children between 6 and 12 can also use it. They should start with one nasal inhalation twice a day. If you are not responsive after a few treatments your doctor may recommend two sprays in each nostril twice a day. However, after the symptoms are controlled dosage is usually decreased to just one spray in each nostril a day. Do not exceed two sprays per nostril per day. But talk to your doctor more about dosage information; so you are able to have the best results possible for your situation. There are also illustrated instructions that come with the prescription that is very helpful for usage.
Beconase AQ is known to cause several side effects, the least serious side effect is:
- sneezing, runny or stuffy nose;
- dryness or irritation in your nose or throat;
- nausea, headache, feeling light-headed;
- unpleasant taste or smell; or
- Sores or white patches inside or around your nose.
If you experience any of these following side effects contact your doctor immediately because they are very serious:
- Severe or ongoing nose bleed,
- Sores in the nose that won’t heal,
- Wheezing, trouble breathing,
- Vision problems, or
- Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms.
If you have difficulty breathing, hives, welling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat call emergency medical personnel by dialing 911. Those are symptoms of allergic reactions.
Beconase has similar side effects to Advair. Call your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, Advair side effects include:
- mild muscle or bone pain;
- throat irritation;
Contact your doctor if any unusual side effects occur.
Before you take Beconase AQ be sure to tell your doctor of any other medications that you are taking, also of your medical history. Do not take Beconase AQ if you are allergic to it.