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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Nasal Spray

Works by

Reducing inflammation and swelling in the nasal passages

Active Ingredient

Beclometasone Dipropionate

Effective within

Typically a few days



Side effects

Dry or painful nose or throat, nosebleeds, mild allergic reactions (rashes, itching)

Medication details


Beconase is a medication that is used to treat the symptoms of hay fever and other allergies. It contains the active ingredient beclomethasone, which is a type of steroid. The medication is available in the form of a nasal spray and works by reducing inflammation and swelling in the nasal passages. This, in turn, helps to relieve symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and itching. Beconase is suitable for adults and children over the age of six, and it can be used as part of a daily routine to help manage the symptoms of allergies. With regular use, Beconase can provide long-lasting relief and help to improve quality of life for those who suffer from hay fever and other allergies.


Using Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray is simple and effective. Follow these steps to ensure proper usage and maximum benefits:
Preparation: Shake the bottle well and remove the dust cap.
Blow Your Nose: Gently blow your nose to clear your nasal passages.
Positioning: Close one nostril and insert the nozzle into the other nostril. Tilt your head slightly forward, keeping the bottle upright.
Spraying: While breathing in slowly through your nose, press down firmly on the collar to release a fine mist. Breathe out through your mouth.
Repeat: Administer a second spray in the same nostril, then switch to the other nostril and repeat the process.
Cleaning: After each use, wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue or handkerchief and replace the dust cap. Clean the nozzle at least once a week to prevent blockages.
Remember, consistency is key. It may take a few days for the full effects of Beconase to become noticeable, so continue using it as directed by your healthcare provider.


Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray contains beclometasone dipropionate, a potent cortico-steroid that works by reducing inflammation and swelling in your nasal passages. Other ingredients include microcrystalline cellulose, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, dextrose, polysorbate 80, purified water, and the preservatives benzalkonium chloride and phenylethylalcohol. These components ensure a stable suspension that delivers consistent relief from nasal allergy symptoms.

Side Effects

As with any medication, Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray may have potential side effects. Common side effects include a dry or painful nose or throat, mild allergic reactions (skin rashes, redness, itching), and occasional nosebleeds. Although rare, more serious side effects such as blurred vision, damage to the nose, cataract, or increased eye pressure (glaucoma) may occur. If you experience any of these symptoms, it's crucial to seek medical attention promptly.


Before using Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray, it's important to consider the following precautions:
Allergies: Do not use this product if you are allergic to beclometasone dipropionate or any of the other ingredients.
Medical History: Inform your doctor if you have a history of long-term steroid use, nasal surgery, or nasal infections.
Medications: Let your doctor know if you are taking other medications, including herbal supplements and HIV medications, as some interactions may occur.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Consult your doctor before using Beconase if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Children: This medication is not recommended for children under 6 years old.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Aug 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray be used by children under 6 years old?

No, Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray is not recommended for children under the age of 6. It is designed for adults and children aged 6 and over. Always follow your doctor's guidance when considering medication for children.

Can Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant, it's important to consult your doctor before using Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray. Your healthcare provider can provide guidance on whether this medication is safe for you in your specific situation.

How long does it take for Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray to start working?

Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray may take a few days to start providing noticeable relief from nasal allergy symptoms. It's important to use the spray consistently as directed by your doctor, even if you don't experience immediate relief.

Are there any potential interactions between Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray and other medications I'm taking?

Certain medications, including HIV medications like ritonavir and cobicistat, may interact with Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray. It's important to inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, to ensure there are no potential interactions.

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