Generic name: Flunisolide.

Other brand names: AeroBid-M, Nasalide.

AeroBid is a nasal adrenocorticosteroid hormone. It works by reducing inflammation of the mucosal lining of the nasal passages, making it easier to breathe. 

Quick Facts About AeroBid


Used to treat the symptoms of rhinitis (inflamed nasal passages). AeroBid therapy is for long-term, not occasional or short-term, relief.

AeroBid Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed; higher doses may affect the function of your adrenal glands. For maximum effectiveness, take at regularly spaced intervals. Going from tablet to inhaler therapy may cause allergic reactions that were controlled with tablet therapy.

  • Usual adult dose: initially — 2 inhalations twice daily (morning and evening) for a total daily dose of 1 milligram. May be increased by doctor up to 4 inhalations twice a day, for a total daily dose of 2 milligrams.
  • Usual child dose: for children 6 to 15 years — 2 inhalations twice daily, for a total daily dose of 1 milligram.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

AeroBid Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

No specific information is available regarding AeroBid overdose. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: cold symptoms, diarrhea, flu, headache, infection of upper respiratory tract, nasal congestion, nausea, sore throat, unpleasant taste, upset stomach, vomiting.

Less common AeroBid side effects: abdominal pain, chest congestion, chest pain, cough, decreased appetite, dizziness, ear infection, eczema (inflamed skin with sores and crusting), fever, heartburn, hoarseness, inflamed lining of the nose, irritability, itching, loss of smell or taste, menstrual disturbances, nervousness, phlegm, rapid or fluttering heartbeat, rash, runny nose, shakiness, sinus congestion, sinus drainage, sinus infection, sinus inflammation, sneezing, swelling due to fluid retention, wheezing, yeastlike fungal infection of the mouth and throat. Rare side effects: acne, anxiety, blurred vision, bronchitis, chest tightness, chills, constipation, depression, difficult or labored breathing, dry throat, earache, excessive restlessness, eye discomfort, eye infection, faintness, fatigue, gas, general feeling of illness, head stuffiness, high blood pressure, hives, inability to fall or stay asleep, increased appetite, indigestion, inflammation of the tongue, laryngitis, moodiness, mouth irritation, nasal irritation, nosebleed, numbness, pneumonia, rapid heart rate, sinus discomfort, sluggishness, sweating, swelling of the arms and legs, throat irritation, vertigo, weakness, weight gain.


No known AeroBid drug interactions.

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Is likely to pass into breast milk.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children under 6 years. Suppressed gland function and reduced bone growth in children can occur. Children using AeroBid are more susceptible to infection. Keep from exposure to chicken pox and measles, which can be fatal.

  • Do not use if bronchodilators and other nonsteroid medications are effective.
  • Not for treatment of non-asthmatic bronchitis.
  • Inform your doctor if sensitive to AeroBid or other steroids.
  • Start AeroBid therapy when asthma is stable.
  • May cause yeastlike fungal infection of the mouth, throat, or voice box.

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