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What is Rhinocort AQ Nasal Spray (Budesonide) prescribed for?
Allergies are what happen when your immune system reacts to something that’s usually quite harmless. It begins when you come in contact with a trigger that you may inhale, swallow or get on your skin. In response your body begins to create a protein that grabs onto the allergen. Then a chain of events begins where histamine and other chemicals are released into the blood, causing the symptoms. These triggers called allergens include; pollen, mold, grass, weed. Some of the symptoms to seasonal allergies are itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, itchy and runny nose, feeling tired or ill.
Budesonide, the active ingredient in Rhinocort AQ Nasal Spray, belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It goes into effect by reducing the inflammation in the nasal passages.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the matter. Take this medication directly has prescribed, and make sure to read the instructions on the prescription label. And if you have any concerns, speak with your medical professional.
This medication is for use in the nose. And it is usually sprayed 1 or 2 times in each nostril, once or twice a day, or as directed to you by your doctor. Gently blow your nose before using this medication, also note to gently shake the bottle before each use as well. Make sure to prime the bottle if you are using it for the first time or if you have not used it for 2 or more days.
To use the spray, first remove the plastic cap. Close one nostril by pressing it with your finger. Tilt your head slightly forward and, keeping the bottle upright, carefully insert the nasal applicator into the other nostril. Press down firmly on the pump to deliver the prescribed number of sprays while gently breathing in through the nose, keeping your mouth closed.
After spraying, remove the applicator tip and tilt your head back for a few seconds. This will allow the medication to spread over the back of your nose. Repeat in the other nostril. Wipe the applicator tip and replace the plastic cap. Avoid blowing your nose for 15 minutes after using this medication.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Budesonide; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history, especially if you have ever had the following; eye problems (such as glaucoma, cataracts), infections (including tuberculosis), recent nose problems (such as injury, ulcers, surgery).
Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.
Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.
While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Nose/throat dryness or irritation, cough, sneezing, nosebleeds, or unpleasant taste/smell may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: loss of taste or smell, pain/sores in your nose.
Rarely, it is possible that corticosteroids given in the nose will be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children and people who use this medication for a long time and in high doses. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.
Corticosteroids may weaken the body's ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. This effect might also rarely occur with corticosteroids inhaled through the nose (such as budesonide). The risk may be increased if high doses are used, especially when used for a long time. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (such as ear pain, persistent sore throat, fever, chills, white patches inside the nose or on the back of the throat).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, wheezing/trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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