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Frequently asked questions

  1. What is RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray?

    It is an over-the-counter nasal allergy spray that works directly in the nose to relieve nasal allergy symptoms: nasal congestion, sneezing, runny and itchy nose. RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray was previously available as a prescription medicine known as RHINOCORT AQUA®.

  2. What is RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray indicated for?

    RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray is an inhaled corticosteroid spray indicated for the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis in adults and children 6 years of age and up.

  3. Is RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray the original strength as the prescription?

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

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

    See 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 to feel the most symptom relief.

  6. What is the recommended dosage of RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray?

    Remind patients to always read and follow the label. Please see complete dosing and administration instructions and the product information.

  7. Can RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray be used with pediatric patients?

    Yes. RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray may be used in children 6 years of age and up. Do not use in children under 6 years of age.

  8. Are there any drowsiness warnings?

    No. RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray is nonsedating/nondrowsy.

  9. Does it last all day and night?

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

  10. Does it treat indoor and outdoor allergies?

    Yes. 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. Does it have a scent?

    No. RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray is scent-free.

  13. Does it contain alcohol?

    No. RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray is alcohol-free.

  14. 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, itch, 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

This website contains current product information and may differ from the information on the packaging you may have. If you have any questions, please contact the Consumer Care Center for Healthcare Professionals at 1-866-948-6883.


  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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