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PATIENT INFORMATION

QNASL
(kyoo nay' zel)
(beclomethasone dipropionate) Nasal Aerosol

For Intranasal Use

Only QNASL Nasal Aerosol is available in 2 different strengths:

  • QNASL Nasal Aerosol 40 mcg is only for use in children 4 years to 11 years of age and should be given under the supervision of a parent, guardian or caregiver.
  • QNASL Nasal Aerosol 80 mcg is only for use in adolescents and adults 12 years of age and older.

Read this Patient Information before your child starts using QNASL Nasal Aerosol and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to the healthcare provider about your child's medical condition or treatment.

What is QNASL Nasal Aerosol?

QNASL Nasal Aerosol is a prescription medicine that treats seasonal nasal and year-round nasal allergy symptoms in children 4 years of age and older and adults.

QNASL Nasal Aerosol contains beclomethasone dipropionate, which is a man-made (synthetic) corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are natural substances found in the body that reduce inflammation. When QNASL Nasal Aerosol is sprayed into the nose, it may help reduce the nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the lining of the nose), such as stuffy nose, runny nose, itching, and sneezing.

It is not known if QNASL Nasal Aerosol is safe and effective in children under 4 years of age.

Who should not use QNASL Nasal Aerosol?

Do not use QNASL Nasal Aerosol if your child is allergic to beclomethasone dipropionate or any of the ingredients in QNASL Nasal Aerosol. See the end of this Patient Information leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in QNASL Nasal Aerosol.

What should you tell your child's healthcare provider before using QNASL Nasal Aerosol?

Before your child uses QNASL Nasal Aerosol, tell the healthcare provider if your child:

  • Has had recent nose problems such as nasal sores, nasal surgery, or a nasal injury
  • Has or have had eye problems, such as increased pressure in their eye (glaucoma) or cataracts
  • Has tuberculosis or any untreated fungal, bacterial, or viral infections, or eye infections caused by herpes
  • Has not had or been vaccinated for chickenpox or measles
  • Is pregnant or plans to become pregnant. It is not known if QNASL Nasal Aerosol will harm the unborn baby. Talk to the healthcare provider if your child is pregnant or plans to become pregnant
  • Is breastfeeding or plans to breastfeed. It is not known if QNASL Nasal Aerosol passes into your breast milk. Talk to the healthcare provider about the best way to feed the baby if your child is using QNASL Nasal Aerosol

Tell the healthcare provider about all of the medicines your child takes, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

QNASL Nasal Aerosol and other medicines may affect each other and cause side effects. QNASL Nasal Aerosol may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect the way QNASL Nasal Aerosol works.

Especially tell the healthcare provider if your child takes other corticosteroid medicines.

Ask the healthcare provider for a list of these medicines if you are not sure.

Know the medicines your child takes. Keep a list of your child's medicines with you to show the healthcare provider and pharmacist when a new medicine is prescribed.

How should your child use QNASL Nasal Aerosol?

  • QNASL Nasal Aerosol 40 mcg is only for use in children 4 years to 11 years of age and should be given under the supervision of a parent, guardian or caregiver.
  • Read the Instructions for Use at the end of this leaflet for specific information about the right way to use QNASL Nasal Aerosol.
  • QNASL Nasal Aerosol is for use in the nose only. Do not let your child spray it in their eyes or mouth.
  • Use QNASL Nasal Aerosol exactly as the healthcare provider tells your child to use it. Do not let your child use more of the medicine or take it more often than the healthcare provider tells you.
  • QNASL Nasal Aerosol must be primed before it is used for the first time and if your child does not use it for 7 or more days in a row. Do not prime the QNASL Nasal Aerosol every day.
  • The QNASL Nasal Aerosol has a spray counter which should read 120 sprays for the 120-actuation product or 60 sprays for the 60-actuation product after the 4 initial priming sprays.
  • Do not use the QNASL Nasal Aerosol after the spray counter reads 0. Your child may not get the right amount of medicine.
  • The usual dose of QNASL Nasal Aerosol 40 mcg is 1 spray in each nostril, 1 time a day for children who are 4 years to 11 years of age. Your child should not use more than a total of 2 sprays per day.
  • Your child will get the best results if they keep using QNASL Nasal Aerosol regularly each day. If your child's symptoms do not improve or get worse, call the healthcare provider.

What are the possible side effects of QNASL Nasal Aerosol?

QNASL Nasal Aerosol may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Nose bleeds or nasal ulcers. The healthcare provider should check the inside of your child's nose (nasal mucosa) while your child takes QNASL Nasal Aerosol for problems. Talk to the healthcare provider if your child has nose bleeds or nasal ulcers.
  • Thrush (candida), a fungal infection in the nose, mouth, or throat. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has any redness or white colored patches in their mouth or throat.
  • Slow wound healing. Your child should not use QNASL Nasal Aerosol until their nose has healed if there was a sore in their nose, they had surgery on their nose, or their nose has been injured.
  • Eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts. If there is a history of glaucoma or cataracts or a family history of eye problems, your child should have regular eye exams while using QNASL Nasal Aerosol.
  • Adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal insufficiency is a condition in which the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency may include:
    • Tiredness
    • Weakness
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
  • Allergic reactions. Serious allergic reactions can happen in people taking QNASL Nasal Aerosol. Stop using QNASL Nasal Aerosol and call your child's healthcare provider right away or get emergency medical help if your child has:
    • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Skin rash, redness, or swelling
    • Severe itching
    • Swelling of your lips, tongue or face
  • Immune system problems that may increase your child's risk of infections. Your child is more likely to get infections if they take medicines that may weaken their body's ability to fight infection. Your child should avoid contact with people who have contagious diseases such as chicken pox or measles while using QNASL Nasal Aerosol. Symptoms of an infection may include:
    • Fever
    • Feeling tired
    • Pain
    • Nausea
    • Aches
    • Vomiting
    • Chills
  • Slowed growth in children. Your child's growth should be checked regularly while using QNASL Nasal Aerosol

The most common side effects with QNASL Nasal Aerosol 40 mcg in children who are 4 years to 11 years of age include:

  • Epistaxis (nose bleeding)
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Runny nose and sore throat

Tell the healthcare provider if your child has any side effect that bothers them or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of QNASL Nasal Aerosol. For more information, ask the healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store QNASL Nasal Aerosol?

  • Store QNASL Nasal Aerosol at room temperature 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C)
  • Do not puncture the QNASL Nasal Aerosol canister
  • Do not store the QNASL Nasal Aerosol canister near heat or a flame. Temperatures above 120°F (49°C) may cause the canister to burst
  • Do not throw the QNASL Nasal Aerosol canister into a fire or an incinerator
  • Safely throw away medicine that is out of date or no longer needed

Keep QNASL Nasal Aerosol and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of QNASL Nasal Aerosol

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use QNASL Nasal Aerosol for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give QNASL Nasal Aerosol to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that your child has. It may harm them.

This Patient Information summarizes the most important information about QNASL Nasal Aerosol. If you would like more information, talk with the healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about QNASL Nasal Aerosol that is written for health professionals.

For more information, go to www.QNASL.com or call 1-855-55-QNASL (1-855-5576275).

What should I know about allergic rhinitis?

Rhinitis” means inflammation of the lining of the nose. Allergic rhinitis is sometimes called “hay fever.” Allergic rhinitis can be caused by allergies to pollen, animal dander, house dust mites, mold spores, and other things. If your child has allergic rhinitis, their nose becomes stuffy, runny, and itchy. He/she may also sneeze a lot. Your child may also have red, itchy, watery eyes or an itchy throat; or blocked, itchy ears.

What are the ingredients in QNASL Nasal Aerosol?

Active ingredient: beclomethasone dipropionate

Inactive ingredient: propellant HFA-134a and ethanol

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

QNASL
(kyoo nay' zel)
(beclomethasone dipropionate) Nasal Aerosol

Read these Instructions for Use for QNASL Nasal Aerosol before your child starts using it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking to the healthcare provider about your child's medical condition or treatment.

Note: For Use in the Nose Only.

  • Do not spray QNASL Nasal Aerosol in the eyes or directly onto the nasal septum (the wall between the 2 nostrils).

The parts of your QNASL Nasal Aerosol

The QNASL Nasal Aerosol device comes as a canister that fits into a nasal actuator with a built-in spray counter and protective dust cap. (See Figure A)

Figure A

Parts of QNASL Nasal Aerosol - Illustration

  • Do not use the QNASL Nasal Aerosol actuator with a canister of medicine from any other inhaler.
  • Do not use the QNASL Nasal Aerosol canister with an actuator from any other inhaler.
  • Do not remove the QNASL Nasal Aerosol canister from the actuator.

Priming the QNASL Nasal Aerosol for Use

  • Remove the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device from its package.
  • The QNASL Nasal Aerosol device must be primed before your child uses it for the first time or if it has not been used for more than 7 days in a row.
  • Remove the protective dust cap from the device.
  • Hold the nasal actuator upright between your thumb and forefinger (index finger). The canister should be on top and the white nasal actuator tip on bottom (See Figure B).

Figure B

Hold the nasal actuator upright - Illustration

  • If your child has never used the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device before, spray it 4 times into the air, away from the eyes and face, by pressing down fully on the top of the canister 4 times (See Figure C). The QNASL Nasal Aerosol device is now ready to use.

Figure C

Prime the pump - Illustration

  • After the first time the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device is primed, the spray counter should read 120 (See Figure D1) or 60 (See Figure D2).

Figure D1 and Figure D2

Spray counter reading - Illustration

  • Do not prime the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device every day.
  • If your child has used your QNASL Nasal Aerosol device before, but it has not been used in more than 7 days, it must be reprimed. To reprime the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device, spray 2 times into the air, away from the eyes and face, by pressing down fully on the top of the canister 2 times. The QNASL Nasal Aerosol device is now ready to use.

Using the QNASL Nasal Aerosol 40 mcg device in Children 4 years to 11 Years of Age

Children may need help from parents, guardians or caregivers.

Step 1: Have your child blow their nose to clear their nostrils.

Step 2 Remove the protective dust cap from the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device.

Step 3: Inspect the nasal actuator tip to confirm it is clear of foreign objects.

Step 4: Hold the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device upright and insert the nasal actuator tip into 1 nostril (See Figure E).

Figure E

Insert the nasal actuator tip into 1 nostril - Illustration

Step 5: Point the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device slightly away from the wall between the nostrils (nasal septum) while holding the other nostril closed (See Figure F).

Figure F

Positioning the device - Illustration

Step 6: Have your child hold their breath and press down firmly and completely on the canister to release 1 spray (See Figure G). Continue to have your child hold their breath for 5 seconds after releasing the spray and then have them breathe out slowly through their mouth. Take the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device out of the nostril.

Figure G

Press down firmly and completely on the canister - Illustration

Step 7: Repeat steps 3-6 for the other nostril.

Step 8: Your child should not blow their nose for the next 15 minutes.

Note: The spray counter will count down each time there is a spray released from the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device.

Step 9: Clean and store the device. See “Cleaning the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device.”

Cleaning the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device

  • Wipe the nasal actuator tip with a clean, dry tissue or cloth (See Figure H)
  • Do not wash or put any part of the QNASL Nasal Aerosol canister or actuator in water
  • Replace the protective dust cap.
  • Keep QNASL Nasal Aerosol device clean and dry at all times.

Figure H

Wipe the nasal actuator tip - Illustration

How to know when to stop using the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device

  • The QNASL Nasal Aerosol device has a spray counter, which is there to let you know how many sprays of medicine are left.
  • Do not use the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device when 0 is shown in the spray counter window (See Figure I).

Figure I

When to stop using the device - Illustration

  • Throw away the QNASL Nasal Aerosol device when the spray counter reaches 0.
  • Do not throw the QNASL Nasal Aerosol canister into a fire or an incinerator.
  • Talk with the health care provider before the supply of QNASL Nasal Aerosol runs out to see if you should get a refill.

This Patient Information and Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/5/2015
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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