Rhinocort Aqua Warnings and Precautions
Rhinocort Aqua warnings and precautions should be reviewed before using the drug, including potential side effects or complications that may occur. It is important to know that the drug may suppress the immune system, slow the growth rate in children, and interact with other medicines. Rhinocort Aqua warnings and precautions also include people with certain allergies or a history of tuberculosis, herpes, or other infections.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Rhinocort Aqua® (budesonide nasal spray) if you have:
- Not had chickenpox or the measles (and have not been vaccinated against them)
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
- Recently had nasal surgery
- Sores or injury to the inside of your nose
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Rhinocort Aqua include the following:
- If you are switching from an oral steroid to Rhinocort Aqua (which is a nasal steroid), your healthcare provider should slowly decrease your dose of the oral steroid. Stopping an oral steroid too quickly can be dangerous.
- Rhinocort Aqua is a steroid and may suppress the immune system. Although this is more likely to occur with oral steroids, it is still possible with nasal steroids such as Rhinocort Aqua. Taking steroids may put you at a higher risk for infections. Certain infections (such as chickenpox or the measles) may be more dangerous if you are taking Rhinocort Aqua. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles, especially if you have not had these infections and have not been vaccinated against them. In rare cases, Rhinocort Aqua can lead to yeast infections in the nose and throat as a result of its suppressing the immune system.
- The medication can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. Usually, this happens when too much Rhinocort Aqua is taken or when a drug interaction with Rhinocort Aqua occurs. In such circumstances, the medication should be stopped slowly to give your body a chance to begin making natural steroids again.
- Like all steroids, Rhinocort Aqua may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child.
- Before starting Rhinocort Aqua, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you currently have any type of infection. Also let your healthcare provider know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as the medication may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to become worse.
- Corticosteroids (such as Rhinocort Aqua) can slow down healing. Therefore, if you have had recent nasal surgery or nasal sores, you should wait until healing has occurred before taking Rhinocort Aqua. Also, corticosteroids can cause nosebleeds and nasal sores or irritation.
- Rhinocort Aqua can potentially interact with other medications (see Rhinocort Aqua Drug Interactions).
- Rhinocort Aqua is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Rhinocort Aqua and Pregnancy).
- Budesonide (the active ingredient in Rhinocort Aqua) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Rhinocort Aqua and Breastfeeding).