Compare Phenylephrine vs. Rhinocort Aqua

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Sudafed Pe (Phenylephrine)

Prescription or OTC
Clears your sinuses.

Sudafed Pe (Phenylephrine) is a good medication for relieving stuffy nose. It doesn't work as well as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), but it has fewer side effects.

4.2/ 7 average rating with 164 reviewsforPhenylephrine
Relieves nasal allergy symptoms.

Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works best when used regularly for your nasal allergy symptoms.

Upsides
  • Works to clear nasal congestion and helps you breathe better.
  • Helpful in relieving congestion-related headaches.
  • Has fewer side effects than other decongestants like pseudoephedrine.
  • It doesn't raise your blood pressure and heart rate as much, or cause as much trouble falling asleep.
  • Doesn't give you rebound congestion (worse symptoms when you stop taking it) like nasal spray decongestants do.
  • Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) lowers the number of nasal symptoms you'll get during allergy season.
  • Most people don't have many side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
  • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
Downsides
  • Phenylephrine doesn't last as long as other decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed).
  • You shouldn't use it if you have high blood pressure.
  • Can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • Shouldn't use it before you want to sleep.
  • Not as effective after using it for 4 days in a row.
  • Needs to be used everyday to work, so it can't be used as needed.
  • Can hace an unpleasant smell or taste.
  • It's good for 120 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
  • Can't be used in kids younger than age 6 years.
  • Need a prescription to get Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Nasal spray
  • Eye drops
  • Suppository
  • Nasal spray
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Reviews
164 
44%
think this treatment is worth it
24%
think this treatment works well
10%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Sudafed Pe (Phenylephrine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
5possible side effects
  • Epistaxis
    8%
  • Pharyngitis
    4%
  • Bronchospasm
    2%
  • Coughing
    2%
  • Nasal Irritation
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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  • Changes to your nose

    Long-term use

  • Poor wound healing

    Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses

  • Increased risk of infections

    Long-term use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Glaucoma and cataracts

    Long-term use

  • Withdrawal

    Long-term use

  • Decrease in growth in children and teenagers

    Long-term use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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