Learning More About Rhinocort Aqua Nasal Spray
EffectsRhinocort Aqua has been evaluated in several different studies for treating nasal allergies. In these studies, the drug helped reduce nasal allergy symptoms, including runny nose, nasal stuffiness, and sneezing. It is often thought that nasal steroids take longer to start working, compared to other allergy medications. However, studies have shown that improvements in nasal symptoms usually improve within 10 hours of starting Rhinocort Aqua.
General considerations for when and how to take this drug include the following:
- The medication comes in the form of a nasal spray. It is usually used once a day.
- Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use.
- Blow your nose before each dose. Breathe in gently while spraying the medicine into your nose. Do not try to inhale the Rhinocort Aqua spray or breathe in too deeply, as the medication works when it comes into contact with the inside surfaces of the nose (not the throat or lungs).
- Avoid aiming the spray toward the wall that separates your nostrils (in the middle of your nose, called the nasal septum). Spraying Rhinocort Aqua toward the nasal septum increases the risk of nosebleeds. Some people find it easiest to avoid this by holding the bottle in the opposite hand (by using the right hand to spray into the left nostril and vice versa).
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- How you respond to Rhinocort Aqua
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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