Is anxiety a side effect of Beconase?

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In this article we will discuss whether anxiety is a side effect of Beconase. 

We will also explore what Beconase is, it’s common side effects, how to use it, and what are the precautions surrounding its use.

Is anxiety a side effect of Beconase?

There are not enough side effects to conclude whether anxiety is a direct side effect of beconase or whether the steroid nasal drug can lead to anxiety. 

However, it is possible that the hormonal side effect of the drug can lead to anxiety or feelings of anxiety. 

According to the side effects listed by drugs.com, anxiety is listed as one of the signs of hormonal side effects along with worsening tiredness or muscle weakness, feeling irritable, feeling light-headed, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, weight loss, or weight gain.

This particular warning or side effects does not provide conclusive evidence that beconase can cause anxiety due to lack of research conducted in this regard. 

However there is one 2016 study that investigated the effect of corticosteroid- the same class of substance that Beconase is made of- on depression and anxiety on 90 newly diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patientis.

Out of the 90 participants, 84 completed the entire study along with face to face interviews after a 4 week period of using the drug. In this study, the researchers found that there was no significant impact of corticosteroid on mood problems including anxiety and depression.

One must remember that this is just one study of a certain population and the findings cannot be generalised. 

In fact there have been many reviews by users of this drug that have reported anxiety in the page Ask a patient. Some of these reviews include users who used this drug to treat inflammation related to hay fever:

One user wrote:

“Although this worked to help with congestion, the side effects are just too much. Headache, heavy head, dizziness, lightheadedness, tiredness, anxiety, depression (black thoughts) and palpitations.”

Another also added:

“Anxiety, heart palpitations, thinking bad thoughts, horrible feelings, chest pains.Bad me very jumpy got the jitters.l don’t know how long it will take for this feeling of anxiety to go away I’m very worried.”

While another individual wrote that they will never use this drug due to their experience:

“Firstly I googled the side effects of this spray and I didn’t expect to come across this. I had a couple of dizzy spells before but since I started using this for hay-fever the last couple of days I noticed I feel shaky, and I had quite a few dizzy spells today which became severe like I never had before. My heart was also beating fast and I could feel heartbeats in my head. It causes me great anxiety. I also noticed someone wrote they had cigarette smell in their nostrils, which is mind blowing given the fact I was at work and wondering why I stink of cigarettes (and I don’t even smoke). Now that I have read this I won’t be using it ever again.”

It is also to be mentioned that while these individuals have experienced anxiety during the use of this drug, it is unclear whether the other side effect symptoms of the drugs caused the anxiety or whether anxiety was a separate experience in itself. 

The question of whether anxiety is a side effect of beconase has also been explored and in drugs.com, it has been listed that anxiety accounts for 0.1 to 1% of side effects reported meaning that the frequency and occurrence is very rare or uncommon but it is not impossible. 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety refers to the body’s natural response to stress and it involves a fear or apprehension of a possible threat. 

It is a normal response that many people have as a mechanism developed to help people survive and it is what triggers our flight or fight response in the face of danger.

However, when there is no apparent threat and theis state of apprehension is caused by triggers that are inappropriate to the anxious response or this state persists for more than six months, it could be possible that the anxiety has developed into a disorder or that in its indication of negative state of well-being. 

Anxiety feels different and it depends on the person experiencing it. Anxiety can manifest in the form of butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart or in more severe cases people feel out of control and experience physical symptoms. 

Some of the symptoms of anxiety include:

  • increased heart rate
  • Excess perspiration
  • Rapid breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Nightmares or sleep terrors
  • Intrusive thoughts about a possible or imagined threat. 

You might also experience anxiety in the form of a panic attack where an individual shows obvious physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety and panic. 

Common symptoms of a panic attack include:

  • feeling faint or dizzy
  • shortness of breath
  • dry mouth
  • sweating
  • chills or hot flashes
  • apprehension and worry
  • Restlessness
  • Shivering or tremors
  • Muscle stiffness
  • distress
  • fear
  • numbness or tingling
  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of having a heart attack

What is Beconase?

Beconase is the brand name for the drug Beclomethasone which is a steroid that prevents inflammation by preventing the release of substances in the body that leads to inflammation. 

Beconase usually comes in the form of a nasal spray that is used to treat symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by hayfever or allergies.

Beclometasone (sometimes written as “beclomethasone”) the steroid used in Beconase is a type of drug known as a corticosteroid (or steroid) and is a prescription drug for adults and children above the age of 6.

What are the side effects of Beconase?

Some of the common side effects of Beconase include:

  • Discomfort or irritation 
  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose;
  • Light Nosebleed
  • Fever
  • Sore throat;
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • unpleasant taste or smell.

Some of the serious side effects of this drug include:

  • severe nosebleed
  • sores in the nose 
  • blurred vision
  • Eye pain
  • blurred vision
  • Seeing halos around lights;
  • Signs of a hormonal disorder- such as worsening tiredness or muscle weakness, anxiety, feeling irritable, feeling light-headed, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, weight loss, or weight gain
  • Signs of infection such as fever, chills, sores or white patches in or around your nose, flu symptoms, redness or swelling.
  • Allergic reaction signs such as difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

If you notice any of these serious symptoms, get in contact with emergency medical help. 

However, serious side effects are uncommon but more likely if the individual has been using this medicine for more than a month or in high dosage.

How does one use Beconase?

Here are the instructions when it comes to the proper use of Beconase:

  • Use the spray regularly; twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. 
  • The usual dose is 1 or 2 sprays into each nostril.
  • For adults and children 12 and older the dosage can be one or two sprays in each nostril two to four times a day- no more than four sprays in 24 hours. 
  •  Follow the instructions that come with your medicine. 

If you are using a new bottle, pump the spray a few times till the product comes out

When you are using the medicine, remove the cap and gently shake the bottle.

Clean out your nose by blowing gently  and close 1 nostril by pressing your finger against the side of your nose.

Carefully put the nozzle into your open nostril.

Press the pump so that the medine sprays out and gently breathe in the spray and breathe out through your mouth.

Repeat the process with the other nostril, if you need it.

After using your spray, wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue and put the cap back on. 

If you forget to use your spray, use it as soon as you remember unless the time is too close to the next dose. If so just skip the missed dose and take the second dose at the time sixed so as to avoid double dosing. 

What are the risks and precautions related to using beconase?

Some of the risks and precautions that one must take when using Beconase nasal spray are the following:

Children under 6 years of age should not use this spray. 

You should avoiding using this spray if:

  • You are allergic to beclomethasone or any other medicines
  • If you are taking or have recently taken other corticosteroid medicines
  • If you have had nose surgery
  • If you have an infection in your nose
  • If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions or you have had it in the past:

  • asthma;
  • glaucoma or cataracts;
  • herpes simplex virus of your eyes;
  • tuberculosis or any other infection or illness;
  • sores or ulcers inside your nose; or
  • an injury or surgery affecting your nose.

Also notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding even though there is not much evidence that indicates that this medication is harmful for the baby.

 However, it is necessary to weigh the pros and cons of this medication if the individual is pregnant or breastfeeding as well as to regulate the dose best suited for a pregnant woman and the baby. 

Conclusion

In this article we have discussed whether anxiety is a side effect of Beconase. 

We have also explored what Beconase is, it’s common side effects, how to use it, and what are the precautions surrounding its use.

FAQ related to Is anxiety a side effect of Beconase?

When do you stop using Beconase?

For the best results, Beconase should be used regularly for the time period prescribed and advised by your doctor but it would most probably be around 7 days. If there are no improvements then, notify your doctor and the spay should not be used for more than a mother. 

Can Beconase cause breathlessness?

Breathlessness is a sign and symptom of an allergic reaction to beconase if you are feeling breathless, get in contact with emergency services immediately. 

Can you get addicted to Beconase?

There is a possibility that you can get addicted to beconase as these sprays can cause a so-called “nasal spray addiction” in some people when they use it for too long and too frequently.

Is it safe to use Beconase long term?

Beconase spray is not as safe for long-term use and should be used no longer than a month.

Can you take antihistamines with beconase spray?

Yes, you can use antihistamine or eye drops with beconase spray because Beclometasone is not known to affect other medicines when administered into the nose as a nasal spray. 

References

Beclometasone nasal spray. NHS. Retrieved on 11th january 2022.https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/beclometasone-nasal-spray/

Beconase AQ. Drugs.com. Retrieved on 11th january.

https://www.drugs.com/mtm/beconase-aq.html

BECONASE Reviews. Ask a Patient. Retrieved on 11th january 2022. https://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=18584&name=BECONASE

Hyun MK, Lee NR, Jang EJ, Yim JJ, Lee CH. Effect of inhaled drugs on anxiety and depression in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a prospective observational study. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2016;11:747-754. Published 2016 Apr 11. doi:10.2147/COPD.S96969

Holland.K. Everything You Need to Know About Anxiety. Healthline. Retrieved on 11th January 2022. https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety

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