Rhinocort Aqua

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Description

Drug Description

Rhinocort Aqua is the drug used for the treatment of allergies (both seasonal and those occurring all year round). It was produced by the company AstraZeneca plc. and released in the form of nasal spray. The main component of Rhinocort is budesonide, which belongs to the group of corticosteroids. This spray relieves the breathing by soothing and decreasing the swelling in the nasal airway passage.

Use

Rhinocort is used to preventing all kinds of allergies in kids and adults. Even though in other countries, its use is prohibited for the treatment of allergies, in Canada it may also be used to treat or prevent any growths developing in the nose after operations. It is essential to use the drug properly to achieve the desirable effects. Rhinocort can also treat sneezing, head cold and nasal congestion. Inform the doctor if you have any infection before starting to use this drug.

Dosage

Shake the bottle well before using, and then spray the content inside one nostril at a time. One spray is equal to 64 mcg dose of Rhinocort Aqua 32 mcg. Patients with the allergies of high severity may require higher dose of medication. The maximum recommended dosage is 256 mcg a day, which is equal to 4 sprays per nostril. However, you shouldn’t change the dosage without your doctor’s approval. As a rule, it takes 1-2 days to note significant improvement. However, the maximum effect can be achieved in about 14 days.

Skipping a dose/overdose

Take the skipped dose as soon as possible. If it’s already time for the next dosage, you should skip the missed dose and take only the scheduled one. Never double the dose to compensate for the missed dose. In case of overdose, call the emergency immediately. Even though the overdose can’t cause severe side effects, the long use of this medicine may cause problems with potency, painful menstruation, thinning of the skin, changes in the location of body fat, acne and decreased libido.

Adverse effects

Certain adverse effects may occur in the initial stages of treatment. They include pain in the throat, nose ulcer, throat and nasal itching, etc. As a rule, these adverse effects subside after the short use of the drug. Some severe adverse effects occur rarely and include allergic responses, loss of weight, vision impairment, breathing difficulty and persistent nasal bleeding. If they happen, you should get immediate medical assistance.

Drug interactions

Rhinocort interacts with certain drugs. Therefore, you should take them with caution. They include:
anti-depressants that belongs to the group of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (for example, Prozac, Paxil and Luvox)
Some HIV drugs
Certain antibiotics