beclomethasone dipropionate inhaler/spray; Beconase AQ, QNASL, Qvar

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GENERIC NAME: beclomethasone dipropionate inhaler/spray

BRAND NAME: Beconase AQ, QNASL, Qvar (Vancenase, Vancenase AQ, and Beconase are discontinued brands)

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.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Nasal Inhaler: 42 or 80 mcg per spray

STORAGE: Beclomethasone should be kept at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F). It should be shaken well before each use.

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.

DOSING: The usual dose for the inhalers is 1-2 sprays in each nostril twice daily (Beconase AQ) or 2 sprays in each nostril once daily (QNASL). Some patients may do well with lower doses, and some require higher doses.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/24/2014



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