Beclomethasone Nasal Spray
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using 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 (see Beconase and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Beconase and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Beclomethasone Nasal Spray to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Allergies occur when the body's immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance -- one that does not bother most people. These immune system reactions are known as inflammations and involve several different types of cells and several different chemicals in the body.
Beclomethasone nasal spray is a corticosteroid, or simply "steroid" for short. Steroids can have many different effects in the body, including anti-inflammatory effects. They decrease inflammation by limiting the body's ability to produce an immune system reaction. Steroids can be effective for treating conditions such as allergies. However, long-term use can cause bothersome and sometimes serious side effects, and this limits the usefulness of many steroids. Because beclomethasone is a nasal spray, its effects are generally limited to the nose. This helps prevent many of the long-term side effects of steroids.
It is not known exactly how beclomethasone nasal spray works for non-allergic rhinitis.
Many cases of nasal polyps are related to chronic inflammation caused by nasal allergies. Beclomethasone nasal spray works to treat nasal polyps by decreasing inflammation.