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FLONASE VS NASACORT®: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Experts say that over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory nasal sprays—such as FLONASE nasal sprays or Nasacort® 24 Hour—are the most effective form of nasal allergy symptom relief.i But how do you know which OTC nasal spray is right for you? Here’s a look at how these nasal sprays work and what sets them apart.

 

WHY USE AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY NASAL SPRAY FOR ALLERGY SYMPTOM RELIEF?

For years, the go-to choice for allergy relief was an antihistamine, usually in the form of a pill. But antihistamines only block histamine, just one of the many allergic substances your immune system releases when you’re exposed to an allergen.*ii

An OTC allergy spray that’s formulated with corticosteroids—a type of medicine approved by the FDA to treat nasal allergy symptoms—provides more complete relief of total nasal symptoms than an antihistamine.iii

Nasal sprays with corticosteroids block a variety of allergic substances. For example, FLONASE helps block six key allergic substances, including histamine, to treat your symptoms.*

 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FLONASE AND NASACORT®?

Wondering what is the difference between FLONASE and Nasacort®? Both are OTC corticosteroid nasal sprays that relieve nasal allergy symptoms, including nasal congestion. But unlike Nasacort® 24 Hour nasal sprays, FLONASE nasal sprays are also indicated to relieve itchy, watery eyes†† to provide you with the symptom relief that you need to be greater than your allergies.

*Mechanism vs most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills. FLONASE acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines, and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.

vs single-ingredient antihistamines that do not treat nasal congestion.

††FLONASE SENSIMIST is indicated for itchy, watery eyes in adults and children 12 years of age and older. See product pages for full information. 

COMPARE FLONASE AND NASACORT® ALLERGY RELIEF NASAL SPRAYS

Use this simple chart to compare FLONASE and Nasacort® 24 Hour and decide which product best suits your needs.

FLONASE Nasal Sprays

Nasacort® 24 Hour Nasal Sprays

Indicated to relieve itchy, watery eyes††

Relieves nasal congestion

Relieves itchy nose, runny nose, and sneezing

Offers more complete relief than an 
antihistamine

Available without a prescription

Available OTC

Generic version available

Please see specific products for full labelling information. Use only as directed.

DO FLONASE AND NASACORT® WORK FOR A POSTNASAL DRIP?

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the best way to treat your symptoms.

CAN YOU USE FLONASE AND NASACORT® 24 HOUR NASAL SPRAYS TOGETHER?

FLONASE and Nasacort® 24 Hour sprays are both nasal steroids, and it is recommended that you only use one type of nasal steroid at once.vi

Other types of medications, or existing medical conditions, can also interfere with nasal steroid sprays, however this is quite uncommon. Always consult the product label and your healthcare provider before using any allergy symptom relief nasal sprays with other medicines.vii

Want to learn more about FLONASE nasal sprays? Click below to discover the FLONASE allergy relief product range and discover which is right for you.

*Mechanism vs most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills. FLONASE acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines, and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.

vs single-ingredient antihistamines that do not treat nasal congestion.

††FLONASE SENSIMIST is indicated for itchy, watery eyes in adults and children 12 years of age and older. See product pages for full information.

Nasacort® Allergy 24 Hour is a registered trademark of Chattem, Inc.

Sources:

i. AAFP. Allergies: Controlling Your Symptoms. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p620.html. Accessed 16/01/20.

ii. AAFA. Rhinitis and Sinusitis. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=18&cont=239. Accessed 16/01/20.

iii. NCBI. Intranasal corticosteroids versus oral H1 receptor antagonists in allergic rhinitis: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC28740/. Accessed 16/01/20.

iv. What to do about sinusitis. Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School. https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/what_to_do_about_sinusitis. Accessed 16/02/20.

v. Treatments for post-nasal drip. Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/treatments-for-post-nasal-drip. Accessed 16/01/20.

vi. Drug Interactions between Flonase and Nasacort. Drugs.Com. https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/flonase-with-nasacort-2418-12110-2400-12087.html. Accessed 16/01/20.

vii. Steroid nasal sprays. NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/steroid-nasal-sprays/. Accessed 16/01/20.