beclomethasone dipropionate inhaler/spray; Beconase AQ, QNASL, Qvar (cont.)

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DRUG INTERACTIONS: No drug interactions have been described with nasal beclomethasone.

PREGNANCY: There does not appear to be any increased risk of malformations in children born to mothers exposed to beclomethasone during pregnancy. Additionally, no dependency on the drug develops, and there are no withdrawal symptoms when the medication is stopped.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known if beclomethasone is secreted in breast milk. Other medications in this class are secreted into breast milk. It is not known whether the small amounts that may appear in the milk are of any consequence to the infant.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most common side effects associated with nasal beclomethasone are:

  • nasal irritation,
  • sneezing,
  • nausea, and
  • lightheadedness.

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.

High doses may suppress the adrenal glands and impair their ability to make natural glucocorticoid. People with such suppression (which can be identified by testing) need increased amounts of glucocorticoid orally or by the intravenous route during periods of high physical stress since higher amounts of glucocorticoids are needed by the body to fight physical stress.

Patients receiving beclomethasone may develop easy bruising if enough beclomethasone is absorbed into the body.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/24/2014


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