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Nasonex vs. Beconase

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Are Nasonex and Beconase the Same Thing?

Nasonex (mometasone furoate monohydrate) Nasal Spray and Beconase (beclomethasone nasal) are steroids used to treat nasal symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies. Nasonex

Nasal Spray and Beconase are also used to treat nasal polyps.

The brand name Beconase is discontinued, but generic versions may be available.

Side effects of Nasonex and Beconase that are similar include headache, stuffy nose, sore throat, nausea, nose/throat dryness or irritation, or sores or white patches inside or around your nose.

Side effects of Nasonex that are different from Beconase include cough, muscle or joint pain, blood-tinged mucus/phlegm, and nosebleeds.

Side effects of Beconase that are different from Nasonex include sneezing, runny nose, lightheadedness, unpleasant taste or smell, or itching or rash.

Nasonex may interact with antibiotics, antifungal medicines, antidepressants, or antiviral medicines to treat HIV/AIDS.

Beconase may interact with other drugs.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Nasonex?

Common side effects of Nasonex include:

  • headache,
  • stuffy nose,
  • sore throat,
  • cough,
  • muscle or joint pain,
  • nausea,
  • nose/throat dryness or irritation,
  • blood-tinged mucus/phlegm,
  • sores or white patches inside or around your nose, and
  • nosebleeds.

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Nasonex Nasal Spray including pain or sores in your nose, white patches in your nose or mouth, or painful swallowing/trouble swallowing.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Beconase?

Common side effects of Beconase include:

  • sneezing,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • dryness or irritation in your nose or throat,
  • nausea,
  • headache,
  • feeling light-headed,
  • unpleasant taste or smell,
  • itching or rash, or
  • sores or white patches inside or around your nose

What Is Nasonex?

Nasonex (mometasone furoate monohydrate) Nasal Spray is a steroid used to treat nasal symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies. Nasonex Nasal Spray is also used to treat nasal polyps in adults.

What Is Beconase?

Beconase AQ (beclomethasone nasal) is a steroid used to treat nasal symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies. Beconase AQ is also used to keep nasal polyps from coming back after surgery to remove them.

What Drugs Interact With Nasonex?

This medication may interact with other drugs.

What Drugs Interact With Beconase?

Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Beconase AQ should be used only when prescribed. Doctors may consider this drug to be safe to use during pregnancy. Rarely, infants born to mothers who have been using corticosteroids may have low levels of corticosteroid hormone. Tell your doctor if you notice symptoms such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Similar drugs pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

How Should Nasonex Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Nasonex for adults and children 12 years and older for treatment or prevention of the nasal symptoms of seasonal allergic and perennial allergic rhinitis, or nasal congestion associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis is 2 sprays in each nostril once daily (total daily dose of 200 mcg). The pediatric dose for children 2-11 years is one spray in each nostril once daily (100 mcg). To treat nasal polyps in adults, the dose is 2 sprays in each nostril twice daily (400 mcg). Two sprays in each nostril once daily (200 mcg) is effective in some patients.

How Should Beconase Be Taken?

The usual dosage of Beconase AQ for adults and children 12 and older is 1 or 2 nasal inhalations (42 to 84 mcg) in each nostril twice a day (total dose, 168 to 336 mcg/day). Other drugs may interact with Beconase AQ nasal.

Reviewed on 3/21/2019

References:
Merck. Nasonex Product Information.
https://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/n/nasonex/nasonex_pi.pdf
GSK. Beconase AQ Product Information.
https://gsksource.com/beconase_aq

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