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Frequently asked questions

Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray

  1. What is Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray?

    Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray is a 24-hour over-the-counter (OTC) nasal allergy spray for the relief of nasal allergy symptoms: nasal congestion, sneezing, runny and itchy nose. Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray was previously available as a prescription medicine known as RHINOCORT AQUA®. It contains the active ingredient, budesonide. Learn more about budesonide here.

  2. Is Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray the same strength as the original prescription?

    Yes. It’s the original prescription strength (32 μg per spray).

  3. What is Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray indicated for?

    Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray is an inhaled glucocorticoid spray indicated for the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis in children aged 6 years and older.

  4. How does Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray compare with other 24-hour OTC nasal allergy sprays?

    See the Children’s RHINOCORT® comparison chart for more information.

  5. When does it start to work?

    Some symptoms may get better on the first day of treatment. However, it may take up to 2 weeks of daily use for pediatric patients to feel the most symptom relief.

  6. Are there any drowsiness warnings?

    No. Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray is nonsedating/nondrowsy.

  7. What is the recommended dosage and administration of Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray?

    An adult should supervise use. Recommended dosage is once daily: spray 1 time into each nostril while sniffing gently. If allergy symptoms do not improve, increase to 2 sprays in each nostril per day. Once allergy symptoms improve, reduce to 1 spray in each nostril per day. Remind caregivers to always read the label and use the product as directed. They should follow up with their child's doctor if their child needs to use the spray for longer than two months a year. Please see complete dosing and administration instructions and the RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray product information.

  8. What is the active ingredient in Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray?

    In Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray, the active ingredient is budesonide. Budesonide was available by prescription for more than 15 years to treat nasal allergy symptoms. For more information, see About Budesonide.

  9. Does it last all day and night?

    Yes. Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray provides 24-hour relief—it works all day and all night.

  10. Does it treat indoor and outdoor allergies for my pediatric patients?

    Yes. Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray relieves indoor allergies due to dust mite matter, pet dander, and mold and outdoor allergies due to weed, grass, tree pollen, and mold.

  11. What happens if a patient misses a dose?

    The patient should just take the regular dose the next day. Do not double the next dose.

  12. Is it gentle on the nose?

    Yes. Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray provides relief that is gentle on little noses. It is scent-, alcohol-, and benzalkonium chloride (BKC) preservative–free.

  13. Does it have a scent?

    No. Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray is scent-free.

  14. Does it contain alcohol?

    No. Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray is alcohol-free.

  15. Does it contain benzalkonium chloride (BKC) preservatives?

    No. Children’s RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray contains the preservative potassium sorbate.

  16. What is the difference between an antihistamine and a glucocorticoid?

    In the early phase of the allergic cascade, antihistamines like ZYRTEC® switch off the histamine receptor, and reduce the symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and itching of the nose or throat. Intranasal glucocorticoids like RHINOCORT® down-regulate the recruitment and influx of inflammatory cells, and inhibit the secretion of pro-inflammatory cells—the mediators during the late phase of the inflammatory response. These intranasal glucocorticoids work to relieve symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy nose.1 See how RHINOCORT® works within the allergic cascade.

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  1. Derendorf H, Meltzer EO. Molecular and clinical pharmacy of intranasal corticosteroids: clinical and therapeutic implications. Allergy. 2008;63(10):1292-1300.

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