budesonide nasal inhaler-spray, Rhinocort (Discontinued brand), Rhinocort Aqua
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
GENERIC NAME: budesonide
BRAND NAME: Rhinocort (Discontinued brand), Rhinocort Aqua
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Budesonide is a synthetic steroid belonging to the glucocorticoid family, a family in which cortisol (hydrocortisone) is the naturally occurring steroid. Hydrocortisone is produced in the adrenal glands. Glucocorticoid steroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions. When used as a nasal inhaler or spray, budesonide travels directly to the lining of the nose, and only 20% of the administered dose is absorbed into the body. Intranasal budesonide was approved by the FDA in 1994.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
PREPARATIONS: Nasal Spray: 32 mcg/spray
STORAGE: Budesonide should be kept at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F). It should be shaken well before each use.
PRESCRIBED FOR: 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.
DOSING: In adults and in children over the age of 6 years, the recommended starting dose of budesonide is 1 spray in each nostril once daily. The maximum dose for children older than 12 years of age and adults is 4 sprays per nostril once daily. The maximum dose for children younger than 12 years of age is 2 sprays per nostril once daily.
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