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Side Effects of Budesonide Nasal Spray

Sore throat, nasal irritation, and cough are the most common side effects of budesonide nasal spray. These side effects are typically minor, but it is possible to develop potentially serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention. Notify your healthcare provider if you experience budesonide nasal spray side effects such as frequent and severe nosebleeds, frequent infections, or an allergic reaction.

Side Effects of Budesonide Nasal Spray: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with budesonide nasal spray (Rhinocort Aqua®). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with budesonide nasal spray. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of budesonide nasal spray side effects with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Budesonide Nasal Spray

Budesonide nasal spray has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
 
In these studies, the most common side effects of budesonide nasal spray included:
 
  • Nosebleeds -- in up to 8 percent of people
  • Sore throat -- up to 4 percent
  • Cough -- up to 2 percent
  • Nasal irritation -- up to 2 percent.
     
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