Beclomethasone Nasal Aerosol
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medication if you have:
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infection
- Not had chickenpox or the measles, and have not been vaccinated against them
- Recently had nasal surgery
- Sores or injury to the inside of your nose
- Glaucoma or cataracts
- Any allergies, including to foods, 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 medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Beclomethasone Nasal Aerosol to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
How Does It Work?Allergies occur as the result of the immune system's reaction to normally harmless substances that do not bother most people. This immune system reaction is known as inflammation, and involves several different types of cells and several different chemicals in the body.
Beclomethasone nasal aerosol is a corticosteroid, or simply "steroid" for short. Steroids can have many different effects in the body, including anti-inflammatory effects. Steroids decrease inflammation by limiting the body's ability to produce an immune system reaction. They can be quite effective at treating conditions such as allergies.
However, long-term use of steroids can cause bothersome and sometimes serious side effects, and this limits the usefulness of many steroids. Because beclomethasone nasal aerosol is a nasal spray, its effects are generally limited to the nose. This helps prevent many of the long-term steroidal side effects.
Although beclomethasone nasal aerosol is a steroid, it is not the same type of steroid used to enhance athletic performance or to increase muscle mass. These steroids are completely different from the type used in nasal sprays like beclomethasone nasal aerosol.