Generic Name: beclomethasone dipropionate

Brand Names: Vancenase (discontinued), Beconase (discontinued), Beconase AQ (discontinued), Vancenase AQ (discontinued)

Drug Class: Corticosteroids, Intranasal

What is beclomethasone dipropionate nasal inhaler-spray, and what is it used for?

Beclomethasone is a synthetic steroid of the glucocorticoid family, which is 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.

Beclomethasone dipropionate nasal inhaler is a prescription drug used to treat allergy and hay fever symptoms such as sneezing, runny, stuffy, or itchy nose (rhinitis). 

What are the side effects of nasal beclomethasone dipropionate?

There are not many side effects associated with nasal beclomethasone. The most commonly noted side effects associated with nasal beclomethasone include:

  • nasal irritation (occurring in about 1 in 10 persons),
  • sneezing (1 in 10), and, occasionally,
  • a bloody discharge from the nose (about 1 in 50 persons).

What is the dosage for nasal beclomethasone dipropionate?

  • The usual dose for the inhalers (Beconase, Vancenase) is one inhalation in each nostril two to four times each day.
  • Some patients may do well with lower doses, and some require higher doses.
  • The usual dose for the nasal sprays (Beconase AQ, Vancenase AQ, Vancenase AQ DS) is one or two sprays in each nostril 2 to 4 times each day.

Which drugs interact with nasal beclomethasone dipropionate?

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Pregnant and breastfeeding

  • 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.
  • 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.

What else should I know about nasal beclomethasone dipropionate?

What preparations of beclomethasone dipropionate nasal inhaler-spray are available?
  • Aerosol or spray units contain 42 mcg/inhalation or spray except for Vancenase AQ DS which contains 84 mcg/inhalation
How should I keep beclomethasone dipropionate nasal inhaler-spray stored?
  • Beclomethasone should be kept at room temperature, 15-30°C (59-86°F). It should be shaken well before each use.
Do I need a prescription for beclomethasone dipropionate nasal inhaler-spray?
  • Yes

Summary

Beclomethasone dipropionate nasal inhaler is a prescription drug used to treat allergy and hay fever symptoms such as sneezing, runny, stuffy, or itchy nose (rhinitis). The most common side effects associated with nasal beclomethasone include nasal irritation, sneezing, and, occasionally, a bloody discharge from the nose. No drug interactions have been described with nasal beclomethasone. Consult your doctor if pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Medically Reviewed on 5/19/2022
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