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RHINOCORT
BUDESONIDE - NASAL AEROSOL INHALER

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

BUDESONIDE - NASAL AEROSOL INHALER

(byou-DESS-oh-nide)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Rhinocort

Uses

This is an anti-inflammatory medication (corticosteroid) which acts in the nose to treat symptoms of allergies. Symptoms include nasal congestion, post nasal drip, itching, runny nose or sneezing.

How To Use

This medication is usually used as either 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day or as 4 sprays in each nostril once a day as directed. Do not increase your dose, use this more frequently or stop using this medication without first consulting your doctor. This medication is for use in the nose. A health care professional should instruct you on the proper use of the nasal inhaler. For best results, follow the instructions closely. Before using the inhaler, gently blow your nose to clear the nasal passages. Open the nasal adapter as instructed in the product information leaflet provided. Shake the canister well before using. Close one nostril with a finger and gently insert the tip of the nose piece into the other nostril. Hold your breath and press down on the canister to deliver the prescribed number of sprays. Repeat this for the other nostril. Close the nasal adapter as instructed. Clean the inhaler regularly by removing the aerosol container and washing the plastic parts in warm, mild soapy water. Allow the plastic parts to dry and then replace canister.

Side Effects

Dry or irritated nose or throat, or sneezing may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. A bad taste in the mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Rinse your mouth after each use if this causes a strange taste in your mouth. Notify your doctor if you develop: rash, sore throat, fever, repeated nasal bleeding, sores in the nose, swelling of the face, wheezing, breathing trouble, behavioral changes (especially in children), green or yellow-colored nasal secretions. Very unlikely to occur but report promptly the following side effects: unusual weakness, weight loss, nausea/vomiting, fainting, dizziness, vision changes. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: thyroid problems, liver disease, infection, recent nasal surgery or trauma, any allergies. Though very unlikely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into your bloodstream. This may have undesirable consequences that may require additional corticosteroid treatment. This is especially true for children and for those who have used this for an extended period if they also have serious medical problems such as serious infections, injuries or surgeries. This precaution applies for up to one year after stopping use of this drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Caution is advised in children as this drug may affect growth patterns. Consult child's doctor. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Based on information for similar drugs, budesonide may pass into breast milk. Therefore, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, especially of: oral corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, other allergy medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

It may take 3 to 7 days before the effects of this medication are seen. Maximum benefit results from regular use as prescribed. If no improvement is noted by the third week of continued use, contact your doctor. Inform all your doctors you use, or have used, this medication.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C), away from heat and light as directed. Do not store in an area of high humidity such as a bathroom. Keep out of reach of children. Store inhaler with valve pointing upward. Once the inhaler has been removed from its aluminum pouch it should be used within 6 months.