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Rhinocort Aqua Nasal Spray

What is Rhinocort Aqua nasal spray?

Rhinocort Aqua nasal spray contains 64 micrograms of budesonide per spray. This is an anti-inflammatory steroid medicine which safely helps to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis (an inflammation of the inside of the nose caused by an allergy, such as hay fever). It can be used alongside any oral antihistamines you may be taking, if necessary.

It is also sometimes prescribed to treat perennial rhinitis (which is similar to hay fever, but can occur all year round), as well as nasal polyps.

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How to use Rhinocort Aqua nasal spray?

Please read the enclosed leaflet before you start using Rhinocort Aqua.

To treat allergic rhinitis, the recommended starting dose for adults is two sprays each morning in to each nostril. However, one spray in the morning and one in the evening is also acceptable. Once your symptoms are under control, this can be reduced to one spray in each nostril in the morning only.

Rhinocort Aqua nasal spray works best when used regularly. It can take a couple of days of using the treatment for you to feel the maximum benefit. Start using the spray before you are exposed to the allergen (grass pollen, for example) if possible. The treatment is recommended for up to three months' continuous use.

Is Rhinocort Aqua nasal spray suitable for me?

Rhinocort Aqua nasal spray should be used cautiously in some situations, and at times, would not be recommended at all. For example, it would not be recommended for people with liver problems, tuberculosis, untreated infections (especially in or around the nasal area), or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. For children, there is not enough information available to say whether Rhinocort Aqua is safe and effective, so other nasal sprays may be recommended instead.

Ensure you inform your doctor of any other medicines you are taking. Whether they are from a pharmacy or have been prescribed, the spray may not be suitable or may need to be used cautiously with other medicines, such as oral steroid medicines, itraconazole, or ketoconazole. It will not be suitable if you are allergic to budesonide or any of the other ingredients.

What are the side effects of Rhinocort Aqua nasal spray?

You may not experience them, but there are potential side effects with Rhinocort Aqua – this is evident in all medicines. Common side effects include nose bleeds and nasal irritation. Skin rashes or itching are seen to be less common side effects. If you experience these, consult your doctor.

Before starting any course of treatment, make sure you read the patient leaflet provided in the pack – here you'll find all the relevant, important information and a full list of side effects.

A medicine guide to the product can also be viewed online here.

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