Budesonide Nasal Spray Dosing
For adults and children over age six who are using budesonide nasal spray, dosing typically starts at one spray in each nostril once daily. Dosing for children ages 6 to 11 should not exceed two sprays in each nostril per day, and the maximum daily dose of budesonide nasal spray for adults and children age 12 and older is four sprays in each nostril.
The dose of budesonide nasal spray (Rhinocort Aqua®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- How you respond to budesonide nasal spray
- 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.
Budesonide Nasal Spray Dosing for Nasal AllergiesThe recommended starting dose of budesonide nasal spray when treating nasal allergies in adults and children six years of age and older is one spray in each nostril once daily (two sprays total). Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as necessary. The maximum dose for adults and children 12 years and older is four sprays in each nostril once daily (eight sprays total). For children ages 6 to 11, the maximum dose is two sprays per nostril once daily.
Considerations for people taking budesonide nasal spray include the following:
- As the name implies, 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 of budesonide nasal spray. Breathe in gently while spraying the medicine into your nose. Do not try to inhale the nasal spray or breathe in too deeply, as the drug works when it comes into contact with the inside surfaces of the nose (not the throat or lungs).
- Avoid aiming budesonide nasal spray toward the wall that separates your nostrils in the middle of your nose, called the nasal septum. Spraying the drug 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 (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. Budesonide nasal spray will not work if you stop taking it.