Rhinocort Aqua

(Budesonide)

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Relieves nasal allergy symptoms.

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Our bottom line

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

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Quick facts about Rhinocort Aqua
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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).
How it works

Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and allergy symptoms.

Quick facts about Rhinocort Aqua
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Nasal spray
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Side effect rates for Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide)

  • Epistaxis
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Pharyngitis
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Bronchospasm
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Coughing
    2%2%
  • Nasal Irritation
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Long-term use

    Long-term use of Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) can increase your risk of changes in the bony cartilage between your nostrils (nasal septum). Your doctor will check your nose regularly if you need to be on Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) for a long time.

Common concerns from people taking Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Rhinocort Aqua
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Price
  • It's good for 120 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
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  • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.