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

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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.

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.



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.

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.

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

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/24/2014

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