Benacort contains the active ingredient budesonide, a type of medication known as a corticosteroid. It is available over the counter for adults to prevent and treat hay fever symptoms. Benacort can help with sneezing, congestion and an itchy or runny nose. can help with sneezing, congestion and an itchy or runny nose.
Initially, it is recommended that you use two sprays into each nostril twice a day in the morning. You can try reducing this to one spray into each nostril in the morning once your symptoms are under control. Benacort can take a few days to achieve its maximum effect, so it is best to use it regularly each day so you can stop symptoms before they occur.
Instructions on how to administer a spray are listed below.
You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using Benacort for longer than a month or if your symptoms do not start to improve after seven days of use.
Budesonide reduces inflammation in the nasal passages, the root cause of hay fever symptoms. It does this because it is a manufactured version of a corticosteroid, a hormone produced naturally in our bodies. Having the same structure as corticosteroids in our bodies causes the same effect, in this case, reducing inflammation. causes the same effect, in this case, reducing inflammation.
Do not use Benacort if you have previously had an allergic reaction to budesonide or another ingredient listed in the medication. Unless prescribed by a doctor, Benacort should not be used by anyone under 18.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using Benacort if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any nose problems, such as an injury, infection, ulcers or recent surgery.
Benacort can interact with other medications, such as ritonavir, cobicistat, ketoconazole and other corticosteroids. If you take any prescription, over-the-counter or herbal medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist to check they are safe to take alongside Benacort.
Like all medications, some people may experience side effects. Possible side effects from Benacort can include nose bleeds, irritation, soreness and drying of the nose. Seek urgent medical advice if you develop eye problems, such as blurring, clouding or loss of vision.
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