Contains the active ingredient : Budesonide, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid (or steroid). Corticosteroids are hormones produced naturally by the adrenal glands that have many important functions, including control of inflammatory responses. Budesonide nasal spray is also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.
Budesonide is a synthetic corticosteroid and is adminstered by nasal spray to decrease inflammation in the nasal passages.
People who suffer from nasal allergies (allergic rhinitis) such as hay fever tend to experience a variety of symptoms as a result of their allergy. These include a runny, itchy or blocked nose, sneezing and sinus discomfort. These symptoms are a result of inflammation in the nasal passages.
The nasal inflammation occurs when the nasal passages are exposed to foreign particles (allergens), for example, pollen, dust mites or pet fur. The allergens cause the cells in the nose to release chemicals that produce immune and allergic responses. These result in inflammation in the nasal passages and the symptoms of the allergy.
When administered into the nose, budesonide is absorbed into the cells of the nasal passages. It works by preventing these cells from releasing the chemicals that trigger the allergic response. This stops the allergic reaction from happening, so the nasal inflammation is reduced and the symptoms relieved.
Nasal inflammation giving hay fever-type symptoms can also sometimes occur without allergy or infection. This is called vasomotor rhinitis and can also be treated with budesonide nasal spray.
The nasal spray will not relieve the symptoms of nasal inflammation immediately, and it can take a few days to have its full effect. For allergies it is therefore most effective to start using the nasal spray a few days before you expect to get symptoms, for example before the start of the pollen season, or if you know you are going to be in contact with pets that give you the allergy. For maximum benefit, the spray should then be used regularly while you are still being exposed to the allergen to keep the nasal inflammation under control.
This nasal spray can also be used to treat nasal polyps, which are growths in the nose that occur when the linings of the sinuses become inflamed and swollen, usually as a result of allergy or infection. The inflamed linings push out into the nasal passages, forming the polyps, which can block the nose, making it difficult to breathe through the nose. When budesonide is administered into the nose it reduces the inflammation and so helps to shrink the polyps.
What is it used for?
Preventing and treating symptoms of seasonal nasal allergies (seasonal allergic rhinitis) such as hay fever.
Preventing and treating symptoms of nasal allergies that occur throughout the year (perennial allergic rhinitis), for example due to pet allergies or dust mite allergies.
Inflammation of the nasal lining not due to infection or allergy (vasomotor rhinitis).
This nasal spray is suitable for adults and adolescents over 12 years of age.
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Size : 200 doses