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Rhinocort Nasal Spray

Rhinocort Nasal Spray (1 pack)

Sorry, this treatment is currently out of stock.

Rhinocort has unfortunately been discontinued by the manufacturer.

A new nasal spray, Benacort, containing the same active ingredient (budesonide) has been launched and is available to buy online and over the counter.

Rhinocort Information

  • Age: 18

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Rhinocort & what is it used for?

Rhinocort nasal spray contains the active ingredient budesonide. Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties. Rhinocort nasal spray is used to treat and prevent the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Allergic rhinitis is a very common condition, affecting 20% of people in The UK. The condition is caused by allergens, which trigger an immune response within the body. The most common allergens that trigger allergic rhinitis are; pollen, animal fur, and dust mites. After an allergen enters the nose, the immune system mistakes it for something more dangerous, such as an infection. This case of mistaken identity triggers an immune response, which results in the body producing additional mucus. This leads to sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. Why some people develop a hypersensitive immune system isn’t fully understood. However, allergic rhinitis can run in families, so a person’s genes can be a contributing factor. For most sufferers, allergic rhinitis doesn’t pose any serious health complications. However, in rare cases, the condition can lead to sinusitis or middle-ear infections.

Sadly, allergic rhinitis can’t be cured, but the symptoms can be effectively relieved with treatments, such as Rhinocort. The corticosteroid works by inhibiting the immune system’s inflammatory response to allergens – it reduces the production of arachidonic acid and the formation of exudation.

Rhinocort will likely take a few days to reach its full effect. So, if possible, begin treatment in advance of when you expect to encounter allergens. You may choose to use oral antihistamines for relief until Rhinocort begins to reduce inflammation. Rhinocort has been proven to be safe and effective for long-term use.

Rhinocort can also treat vasomotor rhinitis, a condition whereby symptoms similar to hay fever develop without an allergy or infection.

At The Independent Pharmacy, we offer the following steroid nasal sprays:

 

Alternative Treatments 

There are some non-medicinal methods to help combat hay fever symptoms. Some of these may include: 

  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses
  • Keep windows closed when it is a day with high pollen count. 
  • Try to have a shower after a day almost straight away. This will remove any trapped pollen grains from your hair and or skin. 

There is an extremely large range of OTC (over the counter) products you can purchase in any pharmacy, these vary from tablets to nasal sprays and also eye drops. You should try these before moving onto a prescription only medicine. 

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Rhinocort directions

Because Rhinocort takes a few days to reach its full effect, begin treatment in advance of when you will come in contact with allergens, if possible.

Gently shake the bottle. If using the bottle for the first time, prime it by spraying it away from you until it releases a fine mist.

The recommended initial dose is two sprays per nostril, once per day. Depending on the severity of your allergies, this dose may be increased or decreased. It should not exceed two sprays into each nostril twice per day. Always use whichever minimum dose will ease your symptoms.

Never double your dose to compensate for a treatment that you have missed.

Rhinocort side effects

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Rhinocort. However, if you do, they can include:

Irritation of the nose or throat, nosebleed.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Rhinocort ingredients

The active ingredient contained in Rhinocort Aqua Nasal spray is:

Budesonide

Rhinocort also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Disodium edetate, potassium sorbate (E202), glucose (anhydrous), microcrystalline cellulose (E460), carboxymethylcellulose sodium (E466), polysorbate 80 (E433), hydrochloric acid and purified water.

Rhinocort warnings

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

Before taking Rhinocort, consult your GP or pharmacist if you:

  • Have tuberculosis or a chest infection
  • Are currently taking any antifungal medicines (e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole)
  • Are taking any steroid tablets, including contraceptives
  • Are taking oestrogen

Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Rhinocort used for?

    Rhinocort is a nasal spray used to treat symptoms caused by hayfever or other allergies. These symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion and runny nose.

  • How does it work?

    The active ingredient in Rhinocort is a corticosteroid called budesonide, which has anti-inflammatory properties. When certain allergens enter the nose, the body rejects them as if they were an infection such as the flu. To block the allergen, the body responds by creating extra mucus and causing the nasal passages to swell up. Budesonide prevents this inflammation of occurring, providing relief to these symptoms of allergies.

  • How do I use this medicine?

    Because Rhinocort takes a few days to reach its full effect, begin treatment in advance of when you will come in contact with allergens, if possible.

    Gently shake the bottle. If using the bottle for the first time, prime it by spraying it away from you until it releases a fine mist.

    The recommended initial dose is two sprays per nostril, once per day. Depending on the severity of your allergies, this dose may be increased or decreased. It should not exceed two sprays into each nostril twice per day. Always use whichever minimum dose will ease your symptoms.

    Never double your dose to compensate for a treatment that you have missed.

  • How do I clean my device?

    It will be necessary to clean the applicator every so often. Remove the applicator from the bottle by taking off the dust cap and pulling gently. Wash both the applicator and the dust cap in warm water, then rinse them in cold water. One they have dried, you can reassemble the device.

    You may find that the tip of the applicator is clogged. Do not try to poke through the blockage. Instead, wash it with warm water.

  • Can children use Rhinocort?

    Anyone over the age of 6 can use this medicine.

Authored By:

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Chris Newbury

BPharm IP

Published on: 02-02-2017

Last modified on: 02-02-2021


Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.

Reviewed By:

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Scott McDougall

MPharm

Reviewed on: 02-02-2021

Next review date: 02-02-2023


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.


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