Betnesol 0.1% W/V Ear Eye And Nose Drops Solution
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Your medicine is called Betnesol 0.1% w/v Ear, Eye and Nose Drops, solution but will be referred to as Betnesol Drops throughout the leaflet.
In this leaflet:
What Betnesol Drops are for Before you take Betnesol Drops How to use Betnesol Drops Possible side effects How to store Betnesol Drops Further information
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicine, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Betnesol Drops. If you use this medicine while pregnant, there may be a small risk of cleft palate or retarded growth in the foetus.
Driving and using machines
Betnesol Drops may cause temporary blurred vision and light headedness. If this happens to you, do not drive or use machinery until you return to normal.
This medicine contains benzalkonium chloride as a preservative which may cause skin reactions or eye irritation.
Avoid contact with soft contact lenses. Remove contact lenses prior to application and wait at least 15 minutes before reinsertion. Benzalkonium chloride is known to discolour soft contact lenses.
Betnesol Drops belong to a group of medicines called corticosteroids (‘steroids' for short).
Betnesol Drops work by reducing inflammation (redness, itching and soreness). Betnesol Drops are used to treat inflammation of the eye, ear or nose where there is no infection.
It is important to use this medicine to prevent any damage to the delicate tissues of your eyes, ear or nose and to prevent any infection developing.
Important: Never use this medicine in your eye without first checking
with your doctor. If it is used for the wrong condition, it could lead to
Do not use Betnesol Drops if:
* You are allergic to betamethasone
* You are allergic to any of the other ingredients of Betnesol Drops (listed in section 6)
* You have not checked your eye condition with your doctor first. If this medicine is used in your eye, for the wrong condition, it could lead to blindness.
* You have an infection in the eye, or it is producing pus and is sticky
* You have ulcers in your eye (shingles)
* You have glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
* You have a perforated ear drum
* You wear soft contact lenses.
If any of the above applies to you talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Check with your doctor before using Betnesol Drops if:
* You have been treated with Betnesol or similar corticosteroid drops recently. You should not use corticosteroids for a long time without regular medical check-ups from your doctor
* You have redness in your eyes for which you do not know the cause. Steroid treatment must not be given unless the cause of the redness is known
* You have an infection of the lining of your nose, which is not being treated
* You have recently had surgery on your nose which has not yet healed
* You have tuberculosis (TB).
* You have thinning of the cornea or sclera (the tissues which cover the outer surface of the eye). Using these drops could lead to a hole in the eyeball.
* You are giving this medicine to a baby. Using this medicine for a long time in babies may cause the adrenal gland to stop working properly.
If any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Important: Your doctor will choose the dose that is right for you. Your dose will be shown clearly on the label that your pharmacist puts on your medicine. If it does not, or you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Things to remember about your dose:
* Always use Betnesol exactly as your doctor has told you
* How often you use the drops will depend on how your body responds to the treatment
* Use as few drops as possible for the shortest possible time.
Getting ready to use your medicine
Check that the seal on the bottle is not broken before using Betnesol Drops for the first time. Wash and dry your hands. Do not breathe on or touch the dropper nozzle.
Using your medicine
If there is no improvement in your symptoms after 7 days, stop using the drops and see your doctor again.
* The usual dose is 1 or 2 drops put into the eye every one or two hours
* Once the redness, itching and soreness starts to feel better, apply the drops less often.
1. Tilt the head back
2. Gently pull lower eyelid downwards and outwards
3. Place drops in the gap between the lid and eye (squeeze bottle very gently if necessary)
4. Blink a few times to spread out the drops
5. Repeat for the other eye if needed.
If you are using this medicine for your eyes and you use it for a number of weeks, your doctor may ask you to have check-ups.
These are to make sure that your medicine is working properly and that the dose you are taking is right for you. Your doctor will check your eyes for:
* An increase in pressure
* The usual dose is 2 or 3 drops put into the ear every two or three hours
* Once the redness, itching and soreness starts to feel better, apply the drops less often.
1. Tilt the head to one side
2. Place drops in the ear canal (squeeze bottle gently if necessary)
3. Keep head tilted for a minute or two to let the drops soak in
4. Repeat for the other ear if needed.
The usual dose is 2 or 3 drops put into each nostril two or three times each day.
1. Tilt head backwards
2. Place drops in nostril (squeeze bottle gently if necessary)
3. Keep head tilted and sniff gently to let the drops soak in
4. Repeat for other nostril if needed.
Your doctor will regularly check the growth of children who are taking Betnesol by nose over a long period of time.
If you accidentally use too much Betnesol Drops it is unlikely to lead to any serious side effects. However, if you are concerned, contact the nearest hospital casualty department or your doctor.
It is important that you take your dose as stated on the pharmacist's label or as advised by your doctor. You should use only as much as your doctor recommends; using more or less may make your symptoms worse.
If you forget to use Betnesol
Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Simply use the next dose as planned.
How to stop using Betnesol Drops
Do not stop using Betnesol Drops without first talking to your doctor.
If you have been using Betnesol Drops for a long period of time (around 6 to 8 weeks), then you should stop using it gradually, to avoid the inflammation coming back.
If you have any further questions about the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines Betnesol Drops can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. These may include:
* Ulcers on the surface of the eye (cornea).
Tell your doctor if your eye becomes painful and if you have blurred vision which does not improve after a few minutes
* Increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma) which can lead to problems with your sight
* A hole in the eyeball (if you have a disease which cause thinning of the surface of the eye)
* Cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye)
* Enlarged pupils
* Drooping of the eyelid
* Swelling and redness of the outer surface of the eye
* Blurred vision and other alterations to your sight
* Itchy, red or irritated skin. This may not appear until sometime after you have started to use the medicine
* A burning or stinging sensation on your skin. This may not appear until sometime after you have started to use the medicine
If you are using Betnesol Drops for your nose, you may also experience some of the following side effects:
* If you are a child, Betnesol Drops may slow your growth
* Difficulty breathing
* A hole or ulcers of the tissue that divides your nose (nasal septum)
* Irritation and dryness in the nose
* Feeling sick
* Blocked nose
* Changes in your senses of smell and taste.
Using too much of this medicine for a long time can prevent your adrenal gland from working properly and producing your body's own natural steroids (known as adrenal suppression). This means that when you stop using Betnesol Drops, you could experience the following effects:
* Low blood pressure which may make you feel faint
* A runny nose
* Painful itchy skin
* Redness of the eye (conjunctivitis)
* Muscle and joint pain
* Weight loss.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. 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.
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
Do not use Betnesol Drops after the expiry date shown on the carton or bottle label. If your doctor tells you to stop using the medicine, take any remaining medicine back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep this medicine if your doctor tells you to.
The bottle should be disposed of 28 days after first opening, even if there is solution remaining.
Do not store above 25°C.
Keep in the original carton in order to protect from light.
If your medicine becomes discoloured or shows any signs of deterioration, ask your pharmacist who will advise you what to do.
Medicines should not be disposed of via waterwaste or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What this medicine contains:
Each bottle contains betamethasone sodium phosphate 0.1% w/v.
The other ingredients are bezalkonium chloride solution, disodium phosphate anhydrous, sodium chloride, disodium edetate, sodium hydroxide, phosphoric acid and water for injections.
What this medicine looks like and contents of the pack
Betnesol Drops is an ear, eye and nose drops solution. It is a clear, colourless aqueous solution.
Betnesol Drops come in 10 ml plastic bottles.
Manufacturer and Licence Holder
This medicine is manufactured by Excelvision, 27, rue de la Lombardiere, ZI La Lombardiere, 07100 Annonay, France and is procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence Holder: Lexon (UK) Limited, Unit 18, Oxleasow Road, East Moons Moat, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0RE.
If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist. They will have additional information about this medicine and will be able to advise you.
POM PL 15184/1335 Betnesol 0.1 % w/v Ear, Eye and Nose Drops, solution
Betnesol is a registered trademark of Celltech Pharma Europe Limited. Revision date: 12/05/15