GENERIC NAME: budesonide
BRAND NAME: Rhinocort Aqua
DISCONTINUED BRAND: Rhinocort
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
USES: Budesonide is used for the management of symptoms of allergic rhinitis, a condition in which fluid accumulates within the lining of the nose leading to obstruction to the flow of air. Fluid also is released into the nasal passages. In addition, budesonide is used for the treatment and prevention of nasal polyps.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with nasal budesonide are:
Other side effects include:
- upper respiratory infections,
- serious allergic reactions,
- increased intraocular pressure,
- glaucoma, and
- growth suppression.
PREPARATIONS: Nasal Spray: 32 mcg/spray
DRUG INTERACTIONS: The following drugs increase the concentration in blood of budesonide by decreasing the elimination of budesonide from the body. This may lead to an increase in the side effects of budesonide.
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric),
- itraconazole (Sporanox),
- ritonavir (Norvir),
- atazanavir (Reyataz),
- clarithromycin (Biaxin, Biaxin XL),
- indinavir (Crixivan), and
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