budesonide nasal inhaler (Rhinocort Allergy, Rhinocort Aqua)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    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.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is budesonide (Rhinocort Aqua, Rhinocort Allergy), and how does it work?

  • 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.

What brand names are available for budesonide?

  • Brand names available for budesonide in the US include:
    • Rhinocort Aqua
    • Rhinocort Allergy
  • Rhinocort is a discontinued brand for budesonide in the US.

Is budesonide (Rhinocort Aqua, Rhinocort Allergy) available as a generic drug?

  • No

Do I need a prescription for budesonide (Rhinocort Aqua, Rhinocort Allergy)?

  • Yes, OTC (Rhinocort Allergy)

What are the uses for budesonide (Rhinocort Aqua, Rhinocort Allergy)?

  • 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.

What are the side effects of budesonide (Rhinocort Aqua, Rhinocort Allergy)?

The most common side effects associated with nasal budesonide are:

Other side effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/30/2016

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