Generic Name: Rhinocort Allergy Brand Name(s): Rhinocort Allergy.

Uses

What is Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide) used for?

Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body.

Rhinocort® Allergy (for use in the nose) is used to treat stuffy nose, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies.

Rhinocort® Allergy is also used to keep nasal polyps from coming back after surgery to remove them.

Rhinocort® Allergy may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Shake the medicine bottle well just before each use.

To use the nasal spray:

  • Blow your nose gently. Keep your head upright and insert the tip of the bottle into one nostril. Press your other nostril closed with your finger. Breathe in quickly and gently spray the medicine into your nose. Then use the spray in your other nostril.
  • Do not blow your nose for at least a few minutes after using the nasal spray.
  • Do not use the nasal spray more than once per day.
  • If the spray gets in your eyes or mouth, rinse with water.
  • If the nasal spray has not been used for longer than 14 days, rinse the applicator and prime with 2 test sprays.

How do I store Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Rhinocort® Allergy is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Rhinocort® Allergy in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Rhinocort® Allergy that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Rhinocort® Allergy down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Rhinocort® Allergy or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Budesonide nasal is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Budesonide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Steroid medicines can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using budesonide nasal.

Budesonide nasal is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Rhinocort® Allergy during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Rhinocort® Allergy.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Severe or ongoing nosebleeds
  • Sores in the nose that won’t heal
  • Wheezing, trouble breathing
  • Vision problems
  • Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms

Common side effects may include:

  • Dry or sore throat, cough
  • Irritation in your nose
  • Pain, swelling, burning, itching, or irritation in your throat
  • Sores or white patches inside or around your nose

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Rhinocort® Allergy may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Rhinocort® Allergy may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Rhinocort® Allergy may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:

  • Tuberculosis (now or in the past)
  • A serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infection
  • Liver disease
  • Glaucoma or cataracts
  • Herpes simplex virus of your eyes
  • A weak immune system (caused by disease or by using certain medicines)
  • Sores or ulcers inside your nose
  • If you have recently had injury of or surgery on your nose

Dosage

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Rhinocort® Allergy may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Shake the medicine bottle well just before each use.

To use the nasal spray:

  • Blow your nose gently. Keep your head upright and insert the tip of the bottle into one nostril. Press your other nostril closed with your finger. Breathe in quickly and gently spray the medicine into your nose. Then use the spray in your other nostril.
  • Do not blow your nose for at least a few minutes after using the nasal spray.
  • Do not use the nasal spray more than once per day.
  • If the spray gets in your eyes or mouth, rinse with water.
  • If the nasal spray has not been used for longer than 14 days, rinse the applicator and prime with 2 test sprays.

How do I store Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Rhinocort® Allergy is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Rhinocort® Allergy in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Rhinocort® Allergy that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Rhinocort® Allergy down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

 

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Rhinocort® Allergy or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Budesonide nasal is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Budesonide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Steroid medicines can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using budesonide nasal.

Budesonide nasal is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Rhinocort® Allergy during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Rhinocort® Allergy.

 

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Severe or ongoing nosebleeds
  • Sores in the nose that won’t heal
  • Wheezing, trouble breathing
  • Vision problems
  • Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms

Common side effects may include:

  • Dry or sore throat, cough
  • Irritation in your nose
  • Pain, swelling, burning, itching, or irritation in your throat
  • Sores or white patches inside or around your nose

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Rhinocort® Allergy may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Rhinocort® Allergy may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide)?

Rhinocort® Allergy may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:

  • Tuberculosis (now or in the past)
  • A serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infection
  • Liver disease
  • Glaucoma or cataracts
  • Herpes simplex virus of your eyes
  • A weak immune system (caused by disease or by using certain medicines)
  • Sores or ulcers inside your nose
  • If you have recently had injury of or surgery on your nose

 

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide).

What is the dose of Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide) for an adult?

Budesonide nasal is usually given in each nostril once per day. The usual dose is 1 to 4 sprays for adults, and 1 to 2 sprays for children. Carefully follow your doctor’s dosing instructions.

Prime the nasal spray before your first use. Shake well and pump 8 test sprays into the air, away from your face. Pump the spray until a fine mist appears. Prime again whenever the inhaler has not been used in longer than 2 days, or if it has been dropped.

What is the dose of Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Rhinocort® Allergy (budesonide) available?

Rhinocort® Allergy is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Nasal spray

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Rhinocort® Allergy, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: November 14, 2017 | Last Modified: November 14, 2017

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