October 25, 2014
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Rhinocort Aqua

(budesonide nasal spray)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02231923 RHINOCORT AQUA 64G/DOSE NASAL SPRAY

How does Rhinocort Aqua work? What will it do for me?

Budesonide belongs to the family of medications known as corticosteroids. It is used to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis, allergic and non-allergic perennial rhinitis, and vasomotor rhinitis that have not responded to usual therapies. Budesonide works by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages. It relieves symptoms such as congestion (blocked nose), runny nose, sneezing, and nasal itching.

It is also used to treat nasal polyps, prevent new polyps from appearing, and prevent recurrences of nasal polyps after surgery to remove polyps. The effects of treatment with budesonide nasal spray may not be noticed until after 2 to 3 days of treatment.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Rhinocort Aqua?

The usual adult dose for adults and children over 6 years of age is 2 sprays into each nostril once daily in the morning, or 1 spray into each nostril morning and evening. After the symptoms have been brought under control, the smallest amount necessary to control the symptoms should be used.

In rare cases, the full effect of budesonide therapy will not be reached until after 2 weeks of treatment. Treatment of seasonal rhinitis should, if possible, start before exposure to allergens.

To make sure that you're getting the proper amount and effects of the medication, you should ask your health care professional to tell you how to use this nasal spray.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, administer it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Rhinocort Aqua come in?

64 µg/dose
Each dose of white to off-white, thixotropic suspension contains budesonide 64 µg in water. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carboxymethylcellulose sodium, disodium edetate, glucose anhydrous, hydrochloric acid, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, potassium sorbate, and purified water.

Who should NOT take Rhinocort Aqua?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to budesonide or any ingredients of this medication
  • have active or dormant tuberculosis
  • have an untreated fungal, bacterial, or viral infection

Do not give this medication to children under 6 years of age.

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