Generic Name(s): beclomethasone dipropionate
Drug Class: Corticosteroids
Treats: hay fever, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis
Becloforte is a synthetic corticosteroid drug that blocks the secretion of substances that cause inflammation in the nasal passages. It belongs to the drug class of corticosteroids nasal sprays and has a generic name beclomethasone. Becloforte acts by decreasing nasal inflammation (itching, irritation, swelling and redness) that occurs due to allergens in the air.
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Becloforte decreases the histamine production and the inflammation of the nasal passages where it relieves the conditions like nasal congestion or blocked nose, itchy nose, sneezing and the runny nose. Becloforte is used to relieve the symptoms of:
- hay fever
- allergic rhinitis
- non-allergic rhinitis, perennial
Becloforte lowers the lungs' sensitivity to allergic substances that cause irritations and increases the diaphragm contraction to ensure there is a smooth flow of air into the lungs. Becloforte loosens congestion in the throat and chest. It makes it easier to cough through the mouth.
Below you will find the dosage guidelines of Becloforte that a doctor uses, but depending on the condition or medical history of the patient, a doctor may advise on a different regimen for Becloforte. It is not advisable to stop taking a medication or changing the dosage without a doctor's approval. The necessary Becloforte dosage is as follows:
- The recommended initial dosage two sprays in each nostril twice per day (morning and in the evening)
- Reduce the dose to one spray per nostril twice in a day once the symptoms become under control
- Do not give Becloforte to children under the age of 6
Becloforte Side Effects
Side effects of Becloforte cannot be predicted but if there is any change in development or intensity, it is advisable to inform a doctor soonest possible. Doctors are in the best position to advice on whether a patient should continue with Becloforte or not. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with Becloforte. Note that not all possible side effects are listed.
The more common side effects of Becloforte are:
- Body aches or pain
- Difficulty with breathing
- Dryness or soreness of the throat
- Runny nose
- Trouble swallowing
- Voice change
Less common side effects of Becloforte are:
- Heavy bleeding
- Tenderness around the cheekbones and eyes
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Tight chest
Like any drug, Becloforte may interact with other drugs or substances. However, there are no reported cases of medication interactions with Becloforte. It is advisable that before taking your medication you should inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are using be it over the counter drugs, herbal medications or other doctor's prescriptions. Also, you shouldn't change your prescribed medication or start or even stop using Becloforte without seeking medical consultation. In any case you happen to experience any sign of drug interactions with Becloforte, report the matter immediately to your health care professional.