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Frequently Asked Questions

Nasal allergies can be frustrating. So can unanswered questions. Here are some responses to common questions about RHINOCORT® and what might be causing your allergies.

Questions about:
Prescriptions vs. OTC
The RHINOCORT® bottle
Indoor and outdoor allergies

Questions about RHINOCORT®

RHINOCORT® is a prescription-strength nasal allergy spray that relieves the symptoms of indoor and outdoor allergies. It works in two ways to treat frustrating nasal allergy symptoms: first, it blocks what causes your allergies, and second, it reduces the symptoms that are already there. Its active ingredient is budesonide, for powerful relief all day and all night. And it’s from the makers of ZYRTEC®.

What symptoms does RHINOCORT® relieve?
RHINOCORT® relieves the frustrating nasal allergy symptoms of congestion (stuffy nose), runny nose, itchy nose and sneezing.

How long does the relief of RHINOCORT® last?
RHINOCORT® provides 24-hour relief, all day and all night.

How does RHINOCORT® work?
RHINOCORT® comes in a powerful spray that is gentle on the nose. Its scent-free and alcohol-free formula is an anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid that contains the ingredient budesonide, which helps reduce chemicals in the body that cause inflammation.

What is the difference between RHINOCORT® and ZYRTEC®?
RHINOCORT® is a nasal spray. ZYRTEC® is a tablet taken by mouth. RHINOCORT® and ZYRTEC® are different medicines with different active ingredients that work differently. RHINOCORT® works in the nose by reducing chemicals that cause nasal allergy symptoms. ZYRTEC® blocks histamines, a group of chemicals known to cause allergy symptoms.

How much does RHINOCORT® cost?
Pricing varies by retailer and count size.

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Prescription vs. Over-the-Counter Questions

Do I need a prescription to use RHINOCORT®?
No. Prescription strength RHINOCORT® is now available over the counter.

Is the over-the-counter version of RHINOCORT® the same as the prescription strength?
Yes. RHINOCORT® has the same strength as the version that required a prescription (called RHINOCORT AQUA®).

Why is RHINOCORT® Allergy Spray now available over the counter?
In 2015, the FDA approved switching RHINOCORT® from prescription to over the counter.

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Questions about the RHINOCORT® Bottle

What should I do if the spray nozzle gets clogged?

  • Remove the green protective cap
  • Lift off the spray tip
  • Wash only the green protective cap and the spray tip with warm water and rinse them in cold water
  • Let the green protective cap and spray tip air dry before reassembling

For further questions, please refer to your package insert or visit our How to Use page.

What sizes of RHINOCORT® are available?
RHINOCORT® is available in a 60-spray bottle and a 120-spray bottle

What is the proper way to dispose of unused or expired RHINOCORT® bottles?
Do NOT dispose of a RHINOCORT® bottle by emptying it into your sink, toilet or storm drain. Check to see if your pharmacy or community has a take-back program in which you can drop off your expired or unused medicine for them to dispose for you. Otherwise, place your medicine in an unmarked, sealed container and dispose of the container in your household trash. Visit the FDA website for more information.

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General Allergy Questions

How do I know if I have allergies vs. a cold?
If your nose is consistently runny, but you don’t have a fever or achiness, you probably have upper respiratory allergies. Answer these quick questions to get an even better idea.

What are the common symptoms of upper respiratory allergies?
Stuffy nose (nasal congestion); sneezing; runny nose; or itchy, watery eyes are all symptoms that people with allergies can have.

What are outdoor allergies?
Outdoor allergies are typically triggered by tree pollen; outdoor mold; or grass and weed pollens, and only come at only certain times of the year (often spring or fall). This type of allergy is also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis.

What are indoor allergies?
Indoor allergies are typically triggered by animal dander (tiny skin flakes or saliva from animals), indoor mold and dust mites, and occur all year round. This type of allergy is also known as perennial allergic rhinitis.

What can I do to help relieve my outdoor allergies?
Try to:

  • Avoid the outdoors when the pollen count is high (5 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
  • Close your windows and use air conditioning in the summer
  • Don’t mow the lawn or rake the leaves yourself
  • Avoid hanging your laundry outside to dry

What can I do to help relieve my indoor allergies?
Try to:

  • Keep your air conditioner and heater filters clean
  • Use a dehumidifier or air purifier in your home
  • Vacuum carpets and furniture frequently
  • Bathe and groom your pets on a regular basis
  • Open the bathroom window slightly when taking a shower

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