Beclometasone Nasal Spray (200 Sprays)

  • Each bottle contains 200 sprays
  • Relieves allergy symptoms such as colds and hay fever
  • Reduces itching, stuffy or runny nose and sneezing

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What is Beclometasone nasal spray?

Beclometasone nasal spray is a treatment for the symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis, such as an itchy or runny nose. Beclometasone is a steroid nasal spray, also called a corticosteroid nasal spray, which is a class of drug that lowers inflammation in the body.

Beclometasone is used in a variety of treatments and has been used in medicine since 1972. It is currently listed on the World Health Organisation's List of Essential Medicines.

For the nasal spray to work effectively, you will need to use it regularly. It is safe for most adults and children who are at least 16 years old to use.

What is Beclometasone nasal spray used to treat?

This nasal spray is used to treat the symptoms of colds and hay fever, including an itchy, stuffy or runny nose and sneezing.

It works by blocking certain natural substances that cause allergy symptoms from being released. This reduces the swelling and irritation inside your nose when you are suffering from hay fever or a cold.

Beclometasone is also available to purchase as:

  • Clenil Modulite inhaler for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Tablets for ulcerative colitis
  • A cream or ointment to treat skin problems like psoriasis and eczema

How does Beclometasone work?

Beclometasone is a corticosteroid medicine that closely mimics the effects of a naturally produced hormone in the body called cortisol.

This medicine works to relieve the symptoms of hay fever by reducing inflammation and mucus in the nose. These symptoms are often produced by your body in response to an allergic reaction.

Beclometasone can take slightly longer to work than an antihistamine nasal spray, but you will find that the effects of this medicine are longer lasting.

How to use Beclometasone nasal spray

Shake the bottle gently before you use the nasal spray.

If you are using the spray for the first time, prime it by pressing the sprayer a few times until a fine mist is released.

  1. Gently blow your nose.
  2. Close one of your nostrils by pressing your finger to the side of your nose.
  3. Slightly bend your head forward and carefully insert the nozzle into the other nostril.
  4. Breathe in through your nose slowly and press down on the widest part of the nozzle once, this will release one spray into your nostril.
  5. Breathe out through your mouth.
  6. To spray the same nostril twice, repeat steps 3 and 4.
  7. If required, repeat the whole process with the other nostril.
  8. Once you have finished using the spray, wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue and replace the cap.

The maximum dose is four sprays in each nostril in 24 hours.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of instructions. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure.

Who can use Beclometasone nasal spray?

This nasal spray is safe for most adults and children who are over the age of 16 to use. However, it is not suitable for everyone.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if:

  • You have had nose surgery
  • You are allergic to beclometasone dipropionate or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have an infection in your nose
  • You are currently taking or have recently taken any other corticosteroid medicines

This list is not exhaustive. Read the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings associated with this medicine.

Can you buy Beclometasone over the counter?

You can buy Beclometasone nasal sprays from pharmacies and supermarkets if you are an adult over the age of 18. It is also available on prescription for adults and children.

Can you buy Beclometasone online in the UK?

You can buy Beclometasone online from Medicine Direct after you have filled out our online consultation form, to make sure it is suitable for you to take. A registered prescriber will assess the answers you provide. Next day delivery is available if you order by 2pm.

When you buy any medicine online, you should always make sure it is from a fully regulated pharmacy, like Medicine Direct. All of our prescribers are certified to prescribe medicine just like your GP.

Beclometasone alternatives

While it is not possible to cure hay fever, there are many different medicines available to help control the problem. Aside from Beclometasone, Medicine Direct also stocks corticosteroid nasal sprays such as Flixonase, Rhinocort Aqua and Nasonex. These sprays contain different medicines but will also work to relieve inflammation in the nasal passages.

Antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays and liquids can be ordered from our pharmacy after completing an online consultation. Antihistamines work by blocking a naturally occurring chemical in the body called histamine, which triggers allergy symptoms when you come into contact with an allergen. By preventing histamine from taking effect, you can avoid a flare-up of symptoms. Antihistamines available from Medicine Direct include Cetirizine, Loratadine and Levocetirizine.

View our Hay Fever product page to see the full list of medicines we stock.

How to use Beclometasone nasal spray

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Beclometasone nasal spray.

Always use Beclometasone nasal spray exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are still not sure of how to use it.

For the nasal spray to properly treat your symptoms, it is important that you use it regularly.

Use the spray twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. The normal recommended dose is one or two sprays into each nostril.

Do not use more than four sprays per each nostril in a 24 hour period.

If you intend to use the spray for hay fever relief, it is best to start using it at least a couple of weeks before the hay fever season begins.

Directions

  1. Gently blow your nose.
  2. Close one of your nostrils by pressing your finger to the side of your nose.
  3. Slightly bend your head forward and carefully insert the nozzle into the other nostril.
  4. Breathe in through your nose slowly and press down on the widest part of the nozzle once, this will release one spray into your nostril.
  5. Breathe out through your mouth.
  6. To spray the same nostril twice, repeat steps 3 and 4.
  7. If required, repeat the whole process with the other nostril.
  8. Once you have finished using the spray, wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue and replace the cap.

What if I forget to use it?

If you accidentally forget to use the nasal spray, don't worry, just use it as soon as you remember.

If it is almost time for your next dose, just skip the dose you forgot and continue to use the nasal spray as usual.

Never take a double dose of medicine to try and make up for missing a previous one.

Some people find it beneficial to set an alarm as a reminder to use the spray.

What if I use more than I am supposed to?

An extra dose of Beclometasone nasal spray is unlikely to do you any harm.

Speak to your doctor of pharmacist if you become worried.

Side effects

Like all medicines, Beclometasone nasal spray comes with the risk of side effects, although they will not affect everyone who uses it.

Side effects while using this nasal spray are unlikely, as very little of the medicine is absorbed into the rest of the body.

The most common side effects will affect more than 1 in 100 people and include:

  • An unpleasant taste or smell
  • Sneezing
  • A dry or sore throat, or hoarse voice
  • A dry or sore nose, or nosebleeds

Keep using the nasal spray but speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the above bother you or do not go away in time.

Serious Side Effects

It is unlikely that you will suffer any serious side effects while using Beclometasone nasal spray. Your risk is increased if you take a high dose or continue using it for longer than a few months.

You should seek medical attention immediately if:

  • You suffer problems with your breathing
  • You have damage to your nose or sores inside your nose
  • You have eyesight problems, such as blurred vision or a cloudy lens in your eye (these may be signs of glaucoma or a cataract)

In very rare instances, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to the nasal spray and require immediate treatment in hospital.

You must either dial 999 or go to A&E straight away if:

  • You are wheezing
  • You develop a skin rash that may have red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You have swelling in your face, mouth, lips, throat or tongue

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on side effects. 

Warnings and drug interactions

Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are already taking any other form of medicine, including prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements as some medicines interact with Beclometasone nasal spray.

In particular, check with your pharmacist or doctor before you use Beclometasone nasal spray if you are currently taking:

  • Medicines to treat HIV
  • Other medicines which contain steroids, such as other nasal sprays, tablets, injections, eye or nose drops, eczema creams or asthma inhalers
  • Any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including Naproxen, aspirin and ibuprofen, for pain relief

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Before using Beclometasone nasal spray, you should inform your doctor if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or are currently breastfeeding.

We recommend BUMPs for additional information on using Beclometasone during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Beclometasone Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Beclometasone dipropionate

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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Medically Reviewed byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 28/07/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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