Benacort 64 Micrograms Nasal Spray is a nasal spray that works to reduce inflammation that is caused by the effects of hay fever and other allergies. This nasal spray contains a medicine called budesonide. This belongs to a group of steroid medicines called corticosteroids. Corticosteroids help to reduce inflammation. This treats a blocked, runny, or stuffy nose. This nasal spray is used to treat adults with inflammation in the nose caused by an allergy to pollen (hayfever). Symptoms of hayfever may include sneezing and/or a runny, itchy or blocked nose. Regular use of this nasal spray can reduce inflammation in the nose and help relieve these symptoms.
Approved by Sumaiya Patel - Pharmacist on the 26/05/2021. For more information, view our medical team
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet, or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How much Benacort® to use: The recommended starting dose is two sprays into each nostril in the morning. Once your symptoms improve, you may be able to reduce this to one spray in each nostril in the morning. However, if your symptoms return, you can go back to the original starting dose. ¦ Do not use more than 4 sprays in a day. ¦ Only use in the nose. ¦ Do not swallow.
How long to use the nasal spray for Use this nasal spray regularly. Keep using it until you are no longer exposed to whatever is causing your allergy. ¦ You may not feel the medicine working for the first few days. It takes a few days to feel the full protective effect of this nasal spray, ¦ Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if you do not feel better, or if your symptoms are not controlled after 14 days, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not use this nasal spray continuously for longer than 3 months.
Use in children, Benacort® should not be used in children and adolescents under 18 years.
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before using Benacort™ if: ¦ you have had recent nose ulcers, nose surgery or you have a nose injury that has not healed properly ¦ you get heavy or frequent nose bleeds ¦ you have TB (tuberculosis), a chest infection, chicken pox or measles, or you have been in contact with somebody who has TB, chicken pox or measles ¦ you have ever had increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma), or cataracts ¦ you have an eye infection ¦ you have diabetes ¦ you have liver problems. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if you get any of the following while using Benacort® : ¦ blurred vision or other visual problems ¦ any signs of an infection, such as a fever that won’t go away. Operations or during times of stress Tell your doctor that you are using Benacort® if: ¦ you are about to have an operation or during times of stress. Your doctor may ask you to take steroid tablets as well, particularly if you have been taking a high dose of this nasal spray, or a similar medicine, for a long time. Other medicines and Benacort® Do not use Benacort® if: ¦ you are taking HIV medicines (such as atazanavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir or cobicistatcontaining products).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription and herbal medicines. This is because Benacort® can affect the way some medicines work, and some medicines can have an effect on Benacort® . So, your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully. In particular talk to your doctor or pharmacist if: ¦ you are taking medicines to treat fungal infections (such as itraconazole or ketoconazole). ¦ you are taking antibiotics (such as clarithromycin). ¦ you are taking oestrogens such as hormone replacement therapy or contraceptives (’the pill’). ¦ you are taking, or have recently taken another corticosteroid medicine (including eczema creams, asthma inhalers, tablets, injections, nasal sprays, eye or nose drops). Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility ¦ If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice before using this medicine. ¦ If you get pregnant while using Benacort® , talk to your doctor straight away. Driving and using machines Benacort® may cause blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or use any machinery.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If any of the following happen to you, stop using Benacort® Hayfever Relief and get medical advice straight away: ¦ Sudden signs of an allergic reaction such as: ¦ rash, itching, hives or redness of the skin ¦ swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or other parts of the body ¦ shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty in swallowing or breathing ¦ feeling faint. Other effects which may occur include: Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people) ¦ nasal irritation (sneezing, dry nose, or stinging in your nose). These can happen straight after using this nasal spray ¦ nose bleeds. Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people) ¦ muscle cramps. Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people) ¦ hole in the wall between the nostrils (the nasal septum) ¦ nasal ulcers ¦ change in voice ¦ bruising ¦ blurred vision. Other effects which may occur but it is unknown how often: ¦ glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye) ¦ cataract.
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme, at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine
The active ingredient is budesonide. This nasal spray contains 64 micrograms of budesonide in each spray. ¦ The other ingredients are disodium edetate, potassium sorbate (E202), glucose (anhydrous), microcrystalline cellulose (E460), carboxymethylcellulose sodium (E466), polysorbate 80 (E433), hydrochloric acid and purified water. ¦ Each bottle of this nasal spray contains 120 sprays
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