beclomethasone dipropionate inhaler/spray; Beconase AQ, QNASL

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GENERIC NAME: beclomethasone dipropionate inhaler/spray

BRAND NAME: Beconase AQ, QNASL

DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Vancenase, Vancenase AQ, and Beconase

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Beclomethasone is a synthetic steroid of the glucocorticoid family. The naturally-occurring glucocorticoid that is produced by the adrenal gland is cortisol or hydrocortisone. Glucocorticoid steroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions. When used as a nasal inhaler or spray, the medication goes directly to the lining of the nose, and very little is absorbed into the body. The FDA approved beclomethasone nasal spray in September 1981.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Beclomethasone nasal inhalers are used for the relief of symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Rhinitis is a condition in which the lining (mucus membranes) of the nose swells and fluid is released (a "runny nose"). The drug should not be used in children younger than 5 years old.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most common side effects associated with nasal beclomethasone are:

A bloody nasal discharge and septum perforation may occur.

Fungal infection of the nose and throat, slow wound healing, glaucoma, and cataracts are also associated with intranasal beclomethasone.

Higher doses of intranasal beclomethasone may result in more absorption into the body. This may decrease bone formation and increase bone breakdown (resorption), resulting in weak bones and a risk of fractures, especially in children.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/24/2014

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