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RHINOCORT AQUA 64MICROGRAMS NASAL SPRAY

Active substance(s): BUDESONIDE

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RHINOCORT® AQUA 64 micrograms NASAL SPRAY
(budesonide)
Patient Information Leaflet

This product is known by the above name, but will usually be referred to as Rhinocort Aqua throughout the
leaflet.

4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Rhinocort Aqua
6. Further information

1. WHAT RHINOCORT AQUA IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Rhinocort Aqua contains a medicine called budesonide. This belongs to a group of medicines called
corticosteroids.
• Corticosteroids help to prevent inflammation.
• Rhinocort Aqua is used to treat the effects of allergies, such as hay fever, and inflammation inside the
nose (rhinitis).
• It can also stop these effects from coming on.
• It is also used to treat small growths inside the nose (nasal polyps).
2. BEFORE YOU USE RHINOCORT AQUA
Do not use RHINOCORT AQUA if:
• You are allergic (hypersensitive) to budesonide or any of the other ingredients of Rhinocort Aqua
(see Section 6: Further information).
If you are not sure if this applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Rhinocort Aqua.

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Take special care with Rhinocort Aqua
Before you use Rhinocort Aqua, tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• You have TB (tuberculosis).
• You have a chest infection.
If you are not sure if either of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using
Rhinocort Aqua.

In particular, talk to your doctor if:
• You are taking medicines to treat fungal infections (such as itraconazole or ketoconazole).
• You have been taking steroid tablets. Your doctor may ask you to take fewer of them after starting to use
Rhinocort Aqua. If you notice any unusual effects as a result of this, tell your doctor.
• You are taking oestrogens and contraceptive steroids.

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Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken, any other medicines. This
includes medicines that you buy without a prescription and herbal medicines.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
• If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Rhinocort
Aqua.
• If you get pregnant while using Rhinocort Aqua, talk to your doctor straight away.
• If you are breast-feeding, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Rhinocort Aqua.

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It is important to use Rhinocort Aqua regularly. Try to use it before you come into contact with whatever
causes the allergy. For example, pollen is what causes hay fever, so you will be more at risk outdoors.
Nasal polyps
• The usual dose is one spray of Rhinocort Aqua into each nostril every morning and evening.
Treatment for allergies such as hay fever and for nasal polyps can continue for up to 3 months.
You may not notice any effects of the medicine for the first few days. Don’t stop taking it.
Keep taking the medicine as you have been told to. If you still feel no different after a few more days, talk
to your doctor.
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How much Rhinocort Aqua to use
Allergies such as hay fever
• The usual dose for adults and older people is two sprays of Rhinocort Aqua into each nostril in
the morning. Alternatively, your doctor may ask you to take one spray of Rhinocort Aqua into
each nostril every morning and evening.
• This may be reduced by your doctor once your symptoms have improved.

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3. HOW TO USE RHINOCORT AQUA
Always use Rhinocort Aqua exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. You should check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Read the label to remind you of what they said.
Rhinocort Aqua is not recommended for use in children.

Instructions for use
1.
Priming the nozzle
Before using Rhinocort Aqua for the first time, you must prime the
nozzle (that is, fill it with the medicine). To do this:
• Shake the bottle and remove the protective cap.
• Hold the bottle upright as shown in the picture.
• Pump the nozzle up and down several times (5 to 10 times), spraying
into the air until you see an even mist.
The priming effect remains for about 24 hours. If you leave a gap of more than a day before the next dose,
you will need to prime the nozzle again. This time spray it into the air just once.
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Using Rhinocort Aqua
• Blow your nose. Shake the bottle. Remove the protective cap.
• Hold the bottle as shown in the picture.
• Put the tip of the nozzle into your nostril, as shown. Spray once
(or more if the doctor has told you to). Use the spray in the other
nostril in the same way. Note, you do not need to breathe in at the
same time as you spray.
• Wipe the nozzle with a clean tissue and replace the protective cap.
Store the bottle in an upright position.
Cleaning the nozzle
It is best to clean the plastic nozzle of Rhinocort Aqua regularly. Also clean it if you notice that the
spray is not coming out as it should. If this happens, first check the nozzle is primed with medicine
(see “Priming the nozzle” above). If after priming the nozzle again the pump is still not working, clean
the nozzle as follows:
• Remove the plastic nozzle with a clean tissue and wash it in warm (not hot) water.
• Rinse the nozzle thoroughly, dry it and then replace it on the top of the bottle. Never try to
unblock the nozzle by using a pin or other sharp object.
• Prime the nozzle again (by filling it with medicine) before use.

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In this leaflet:
1. What Rhinocort Aqua is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Rhinocort Aqua
3. How to use Rhinocort Aqua

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
- If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.

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THE COLOURS SHOWN ON THIS PROOF ARE FOR GENERAL REPRESENTATION PURPOSES ONLY. THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE AND MUST NOT BE
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Additional information about using Rhinocort Aqua
• If you are about to have an operation or during times of stress, please tell the doctor that you use
Rhinocort Aqua. The doctor may ask you to take steroid tablets as well, particularly if you have been
taking a high dose of Rhinocort Aqua, or a similar medicine, for a long time.
• Eye problems: If you have an allergy which is also causing eye problems, you may need to take another
medicine as well.
• Long-term treatment: If you use Rhinocort Aqua every day for a long time, your doctor will need to have
a regular check of the inside of your nose (the nasal mucosa).
• Children and adolescents: If a child or adolescent is prescribed Rhinocort Aqua and uses a high dose
for a long time, the doctor will need to check how well they are growing.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Rhinocort Aqua can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If any of the following happen to you, stop using Rhinocort Aqua and talk to your doctor straight
away:
• Skin rash, itching, lumpy rash (hives), blistering of the skin. Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
(this may make it difficult to swallow). These are uncommon, affecting less than 1 in 100 people.
• In addition to the above, sudden wheezing and/or feeling faint may occur. It is not known how often these
occur; however they are very unlikely.
If any of the above occurs, you may be having an allergic reaction.
Other possible side effects:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
• Occasional sneezing, dry nose, or stinging in your nose. These can happen straight after using Rhinocort
Aqua.
• Slight bleeding from the nose.

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Unknown (cannot be estimated from available data)
• Glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye).
• Cataract
If any of these side effects occur, they usually go away after a short time. If any of the side effects get
serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.

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• Store upright.
• If the spray becomes discoloured or shows sign of any deterioration, you should seek the advice of your
pharmacist who will advise you what to do.
• Do not be store above 25°C.
• Do not refrigerate or freeze.
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and label after EXP. The
expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
• KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
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5. HOW TO STORE RHINOCORT AQUA
• Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton or bottle label.
• Use within 2 months of opening the bottle. You may find it helpful to write on this leaflet when you first
opened the bottle:

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By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Rhinocort Aqua contains
Rhinocort Aqua is a metered pump nasal spray.
The active ingredient is budesonide. Rhinocort Aqua contains 64 micrograms of budesonide in a white
cloudy suspension for nasal inhalation.
The other ingredients are:
microcrystalline cellulose, disodium edetate, croscarmellose sodium, glucose anhydrous, polysorbate 80,
potassium sorbate, hydrochloric acid and purified water.
What Rhinocort Aqua looks like and the contents of the pack
Rhinocort Aqua is available as an amber glass bottle containing 120 doses.
Product Licence holder and Manufacturer
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PL No: 06464/2516

This product is manufactured by AstraZeneca AB, S-151 85 Sodertalje, Sweden and procured from within
the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder:
Waymade Plc, Miles Gray Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3FR
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Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• Sore patches on the inside of the nose.
• Perforation of the membrane separating the nostrils (the nasal septum).
• Severe allergic reaction.
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Rare (affects less than 1 in 1000 people)
• Slowing of the rate of growth of children and adolescents. Corticosteroids can affect the normal
production of steroid hormones in your body, particularly if you use high doses for a long time.
The above is much less likely to happen with inhaled corticosteroids than with corticosteroid tablets.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS IN THIS PROOF AFTER APPROVAL. THE ARTWORK RECEIVED HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY
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MUST BE TAKEN BY OUR CUSTOMER. IF YOU SIGN THIS PROOF YOU ARE SIGNIFYING FULL APPROVAL OF DESIGN AND TEXT.

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If you forget to take Rhinocort Aqua
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time to take the next
dose, wait until then. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

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If you use more Rhinocort Aqua than you should
It is important that you take your dose as stated on the pharmacist’s label or as advised by your doctor.
You should use only as much as your doctor recommends; using more or less may make your symptoms
worse.
If you take too many doses of Rhinocort Aqua, talk to your doctor or pharmacist straight away.

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