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Rhinocort Aqua
(budesonide)

Nyquil Cold And Flu
(acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine)

Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works best when used regularly for your nasal allergy symptoms.Relieves cold and flu symptoms, and helps you sleep. Nyquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Doxylamine) is a useful combination medicine that relieves cold and flu symptoms and will help you sleep. Make sure you really need all of its ingredients.
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Reviews for Nyquil Cold And Flu
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+17% better vs. Rhinocort Aqua
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+49% better vs. Rhinocort Aqua
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+7% better vs. Rhinocort Aqua
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Side effects
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
  • Epistaxis 3%
  • Pharyngitis 1%
  • Bronchospasm 1%
  • Coughing 2%
  • Nasal Irritation 2%
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We haven’t found good data for Nyquil Cold And Flu side effects.

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How it works
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and allergy symptoms.Nyquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Doxylamine) is a combination medicine that treats cold and flu symptoms. Acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Doxylamine is an antihistamine that relieves a runny nose and makes you very sleepy.
Type of medication
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
Prescription onlyOver-the-counter
Available as
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
Risk factors for serious side effects
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
  • Long-term use
  • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
  • Untreated infections
Detailed Rhinocort Aqua (budesonide) risks & warnings »
  • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
  • History of liver disease
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • Taking with alcohol
Detailed Nyquil Cold And Flu (acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Price
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
  • It's good for 120 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
No price related info.
Alcohol
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No alcohol related info.
  • Avoid using alcohol and other drugs that make you drowsy.
Kidneys and liver
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No kidneys and liver related info.
  • To avoid hurting your liver, you have to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen (APAP) you're taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold/flu combination medicines.
Pain
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
No pain related info.
  • The pain reliever (acetaminophen) is easier on your stomach and has fewer drug interactions than other pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
Sleep
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
  • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
  • 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.
  • Nyquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Doxylamine) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold symptoms. It's good to use if you have watery eyes, a cough, fever, and pain.
  • The cough medicine (dextromethorphan) works well and has very few side effects.
  • The pain reliever (acetaminophen) is easier on your stomach and has fewer drug interactions than other pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • The antihistamine (doxylamine) will help you sleep.
Downsides and risks
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
  • 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).
  • If you don't really need all of the medications in this combination, you're taking extra medicine and might have extra side effects for no reason.
  • You shouldn't use it if you have high blood pressure.
  • To avoid hurting your liver, you have to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen (APAP) you're taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold/flu combination medicines.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Rhinocort AquaNyquil Cold And Flu
  • Works best if used everyday. It takes about one week to start seeing the best results.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray correctly.
  • Shake the spray gently and clear your nose before each use.
  • Before using it for the first time or if you haven't used it in 2 days, prime the spray pump until you see a fine mist.
  • Breathe in slowly as you're spraying and tilt your head back slightly after spraying. Wait 15 minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
  • Some people get minor nose irritation, nosebleeds, sore throat, or headaches after using it.
  • Doxylamine (the antihistamine ingredient) can make you tired, so take it close to bedtime.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than recommended on the package.
  • Contains acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol or APAP. Taking too much can cause liver failure and death. Don't take more than what's recommended on the package or with other Tylenol-containing products.
  • Avoid using alcohol and other drugs that make you drowsy.
  • Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve in a few days, or if you have a really bad sore throat with a fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting.
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