Also known as: Budesonide
Rhinocort is a corticosteroid. It works by shrinking swollen and inflamed nasal tissue, and by blocking the action of certain cells and chemicals of the immune system, thus reducing inflammation and swelling and so relieving congestion, itching, sneezing, irritation and discomfort. Rhinocort nasal spray is also used for nasal polyps, which are small growths inside the nose that can cause symptoms similar to allergic rhinitis. It is also used to keep nasal polyps from coming back after surgery to remove them. Generic name of Rhinocort is Budesonide. Rhinocort is also known as Budesonide, Budenase, Rhinosol.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use Rhinocort Allergy in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Rhinocort Allergy 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.
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.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
It may take up to 2 weeks before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed, even if you feel fine. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Rhinocort Allergy.
Budesonide can weaken your immune system. Tell your doctor if you have signs of infection such as fever, chills, body aches, vomiting, or feeling tired.
If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests.
Store this medicine in an upright position at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Throw the medication away after you have used 120 sprays, even if there is still medicine left in the bottle.
Detailed Rhinocort Allergy dosage information
If you overdose Rhinocort and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately. Symptoms of overdose: thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Store the Pulmicort Flexhaler™ in a dry place at room temperature with the cover tightly in place.
Store the unused Pulmicort Respules® in an upright position at room temperature. Keep the medicine containers in the foil pouch until you are ready to use them. Do not freeze the containers. Once you have opened a foil pouch, the containers will only be good for 2 weeks. Throw away any unused containers if it has been longer than 2 weeks since you opened the pouch.
Detailed Budesonide dosage information