Beconase Warnings and Precautions
Before using Beconase, warnings and precautions for the drug should be reviewed. Tell your healthcare provider if you have glaucoma, nose sores, or any allergies. You should also tell him or her about all other medications you are taking before starting Beconase. Warnings and precautions also include the safety of using the drug if you have any type of infection and the risk of slowed growth in children.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Beconase® AQ (beclomethasone nasal spray) if you have:
- Recently had nasal surgery
- Sores or injury to the inside of your nose
- Glaucoma or cataracts
- Not had chickenpox or the measles (or have not been vaccinated against them)
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Beconase AQ include the following:
- In rare cases, the medication can cause glaucoma or cataracts (conditions of the eyes) or may make these conditions worse.
- Corticosteroids (such as Beconase AQ) can delay healing. Therefore, if you have had recent nasal surgery or nasal sores, you should wait until healing has occurred before taking Beconase AQ. Also, corticosteroids can cause nosebleeds and nasal sores or irritation.
- If you are switching from an oral steroid to Beconase AQ (which is a nasal steroid), your healthcare provider should decrease your dose of the oral steroid slowly. Stopping an oral steroid too quickly can be dangerous.
- Beconase AQ is a steroid and may suppress the immune system. Although this is more likely to occur with oral steroids, it is still possible with nasal steroids. You may be at higher risk for infections. Certain infections (such as chickenpox or the measles) may be more dangerous if you are taking Beconase AQ. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles while taking the drug if you have not had these infections before and have not been vaccinated against them.
- Like all steroids, Beconase AQ may slow down the growth of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about slow growth in your child.
- Before starting Beconase AQ, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you currently have any type of infection. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as the medication may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to worsen.
- Beconase AQ is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Beconase and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if beclomethasone (the active ingredient in Beconase AQ) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Beconase and Breastfeeding).