Budesonide Nasal Spray
Budesonide nasal spray has been evaluated in several different studies for treating nasal allergies. In these studies, the drug helped reduce nasal allergy symptoms, including runny nose, nasal stuffiness, and sneezing. It is often thought that nasal steroids take longer to start working, compared to other allergy medications. However, studies have shown that improvements in nasal symptoms usually improve within 10 hours of starting budesonide nasal spray.
General considerations for when and how to use budesonide nasal spray include the following:
- The medication, which, as the name implies, is 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 budesonide nasal spray or breathe in too deeply, as the medicine works when it comes in contact with the inside surfaces of the nose (not the throat or lungs).
- Avoid aiming the 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 using it.