27 Feb 2012

Self Medication Guide For Common Illnesses

Read this leaflet carefully before taking your medicine. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any further questions about your medicine.

1.  Generic Name or Active Ingredient:

     Beclomethasone (Nasal spray)

2.  Uses:

     Available as a nasal spray for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.

3.  How This Medicine Works:

     It is a corticosteroid which reduces inflammation in the nose.

4.  Do Not Use This Medicine If:

·         You are allergic to beclomethasone, steroid medication, or any other ingredient in this medication.

5.  Before You Start To Use This Medicine:

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are allergic to any other medications.

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you have or have ever had tuberculosis (TB); liver, kidney, intestinal, or heart disease; diabetes; an underactive thyroid gland; high blood pressure; mental illness; myasthenia gravis; osteoporosis; herpes eye infection; seizures; ulcer or any other health problems.

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are or plan to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

·         Consult a doctor before using this medicine in children.

6.    Using With Other Medication:

Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking any other medication, vitamins, herbal preparations or supplements as they may interfere with this medicine.

7.  How To Use This Medicine:

Follow the directions on your medication label carefully, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. (hyperlink DIS) [Video]


a)    How to use

                  i.    Shake the bottle well and remove the outer cap.

                ii.    Blow your nose gently to clear your nasal passages.

               iii.    Close one nostril by placing a finger gently against one side of your nose. Tilt your head forward slightly and insert the nozzle of the spray into the other nostril, taking care to keep the bottle upright.

               iv.    Breathe in through your nose and push down firmly on the collar of the container to administer one spray, then breathe out through your mouth. Repeat this process again in the same nostril for a second dose.

                v.    Repeat steps (iii) and (iv) above in the other nostril.

               vi.    Wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue and replace the cap.

              vii.    Avoid blowing your nose for 15 minutes after inhaling the prescribed dose.

b)   When to use

·         Inhale two to four times a day at evenly spaced intervals, or as directed by your pharmacist or doctor.

c)    How long to use

·         Use beclomethasone nasal spray exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

d)   If you forget to use it

Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine. Do not double the dose.

8.  While Using This Medicine:

a)    Things you should do:

·         Report any injuries or signs of infection (fever, sore throat, pain during urination, and muscle aches) that occur during treatment.

·         If your sputum thickens or changes color from clear white to yellow, green, or grey, call your doctor. These changes may be signs of an infection.

b)   Things you must NOT do:

·         Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

·         Do not stop using beclomethasone without talking to your doctor.

In case of overdose, seek immediate medical attention.

9.  Side Effects:

All medicines may have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any side effects which are severe or persistent.

      Possible side effects:

·         Headache

·         Nasal irritation or dryness

·         Sore throat

·         Sneezing

·         Nosebleed

10. Storage and disposal:

·         Store at room temperature and in a dry place.

·         Keep away from direct sunlight.

·         Keep out of reach of children.

·         Do not use after the expiry date has passed.

·         Return any unused or expired medication to the nearest pharmacy.


1.    Website:

2.    Micromedex Healthcare Series 2.0

3.    Lexicomp’s Drug Information Handbook 19th edition

4.    Malaysian Index of Medical Specialities  2011

5.    British National Formulary Vol. 60