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FAQS - BECONASE

WHAT IS BECONASE?

Beconase is a nasal spray intended for the relief of hayfever symptoms in adults (18 and over ) which contains 50 micrograms of the active ingredient beclometasone dipropionate per 100 mg spray.

Beconase provides symptomatic relief from nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, eye symptoms (such as itching, watering, redness) and associated sinus discomfort.

WHERE CAN I BUY BECONASE?

You can purchase Beconase from most major pharmacists.

WHO CAN USE BECONASE?

Beconase is indicated for the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever) in adults aged 18 and over.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION RELATED TO BECONASE?

For more information regarding Beconase you can contact us at 01748 828 860 or by email: omega@professionalinformation.co.uk

DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION?

All Beconase products can be bought over the counter and do not require a prescription.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT BECONASE?

If you have more questions you can contact us at 01748828860 or by email: omega@professionalinformation.co.uk

CAN I USE MORE THAN ONE BECONASE PRODUCT AT A TIME?

We do not recommend taking more than one product in the Beconase range at the same time. We always recommend using products in line with the instructions provided with the product.

HOW DO I USE BECONASE?

The recommended dosage is two sprays into each nostril morning and evening (400 micrograms/day) and total daily administration should not exceed eight sprays (400 micrograms).

For full therapeutic benefit Beconase (Hayfever Relief for Adults) should be used regularly. However, if your symptoms have not improved after 7 days treatment, medical advice must be sought. The treatment should not be used for more than 1 month continuously.

HOW DOES BECONASE WORK?

The active ingredient in Beconase is a corticosteroid / steroid which quickly starts to reduce inflammation and swelling in the nasal passage to reduce the symptoms of hayfever such as an itching or blocked nose.

HOW LONG AFTER OPENING BECONASE CAN IT BE USED FOR?

Beconase spray has a shelf life of 3 months after it has first been opened. You should not refrigerate or store the product above 25 degrees.

HOW LONG CAN I TAKE BECONASE FOR?

If symptoms have not improved after taking Beconase Hayfever Relief for Adults Nasal Spray for 7 days, medical advice must be sought.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE TOO MUCH/ OVERUSE THE SPRAY?

Always use Beconase exactly as described in the leaflet or as your pharmacist has told you.

If an excessive quantity of the spray is used, no immediate action is needed however if you have concerns following such an event, you should consult your doctor.

WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE FOR BECONASE?

36 months.

WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE FOR BECONASE?

18+

WHAT IS BECONASE CLASSIFICATION?

Medicine.

CAN BECONASE BE TAKEN WITH OTHER MEDICATION?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines;

– particularly corticosteroid medicines (including eczema creams, asthma inhalers, tablets, injections, nasal sprays and eye or nose drops).

– including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Some medicines may increase the effects of Beconase and your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully if you are taking these medicines (including some medicines for HIV: ritonavir, cobicistat).

WHO SHOULD NOT USE BECONASE?

You should not use Beconase if you are sensitive to any of the components of the spray. If you are using other treatments containing corticosteroids such as asthma treatments, other nasal sprays or eye/nose drops you should seek medical advice before commencing treatment with Beconase.

If you have ulceration of the nose or have recently undergone nasal surgery or injuries you should seek medical advice prior to using Beconase as it may not be suitable.

IS BECONASE SAFE TO USE WHILE PREGNANT OR BREAST-FEEDING?

The use of Beconase should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation unless considered essential or otherwise stated by your doctor. This is due to the corticosteroid content of the spray.

IS BECONASE SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS / VEGANS?

For the manufacture of beclometasone dipropionate, the active materials for Beconase, there are synthesis intermediates from animal origin used in their formulation. Therefore this product may not be suitable for vegans or vegetarians.

DOES IT CONTAIN CORN / MAIZE?

The Ingredient Polysorbate 80 can be derived from corn or maize and therefore Beconase could contain corn or maize.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Like all medicines, Beconase can cause side effects but not everybody will get them. You should stop taking the product and seek immediate medical help if you have an Allergic reaction. You should tell your doctor if you experience any eye or nasal problems.

There is a possibility that you may experience an unpleasant smell or taste after taking the product.

You may experience nose bleeds or a dry irritated nose or throat.

If you are concerned about any side effects then you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

IS IT STILL A GSK PRODUCT?

Beconase was obtained by Omega Pharma from GSK.

Omega Pharma Ltd., 32 Vauxhall Bridge road, London, SW1V2SA are currently the marketing authorisation holder for the product and are therefore responsible for the manufacture and distribution of the product, all enquiries should be sent to this address.

 

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Beconase Hay fever and Beconase Hay fever Relief for Adults 0.05% Nasal Spray contains beclometasone dipropionate. For the treatment of hay fever in adults aged 18 and over. Becodefence, Becodefence Kids and Becodefence Plus are medical devices. Always read the leaflet.