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Discuss precautions and warnings with beclomethasone nasal spray with your healthcare provider to help prevent side effects, such as infections or glaucoma. It is also important to tell your healthcare provider if you have tuberculosis, cataracts, or sores inside your nose before using the nasal spray. Precautions and warnings with beclomethasone nasal spray also apply to people who are allergic to any components of the medication.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using beclomethasone nasal spray (Beconase® AQ) 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
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking beclomethasone nasal spray include the following:
- In rare cases, the medication can cause glaucoma or cataracts (conditions affecting the eyes) or may make these conditions worse.
- Corticosteroids (such as beclomethasone nasal spray) can delay healing. Therefore, if you have had recent nasal surgery or nasal sores, you should wait until healing has occurred before using beclomethasone nasal spray. Also, corticosteroids can cause nosebleeds and nasal sores or irritation.
- If you are switching from an oral steroid to beclomethasone nasal spray (which is a nasal steroid), your healthcare provider should decrease your dose of the oral steroid slowly. Stopping an oral steroid too quickly can be dangerous.
- Beclomethasone nasal spray is a steroid and may suppress the immune system. Although this is more likely to occur with oral steroids, it is still possible with nasal steroids. You may be at higher risk for infections. Certain infections (such as chickenpox or the measles) may be more dangerous if you are taking beclomethasone nasal spray. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles if you have not had these infections before and have not been vaccinated against them.
- Like all steroids, beclomethasone nasal spray may slow down the growth of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about slow growth in your child.
- Before starting the medication, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you currently have any type of infection. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as beclomethasone nasal spray may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to worsen.
- Beclomethasone nasal spray is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Beconase and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if beclomethasone (the active ingredient of the nasal spray) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Beconase and Breastfeeding).