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UNDERSTANDING NASAL DECONGESTANTS.
With so many allergy treatments on the market, it can be difficult to sort out which product may be best for you. One available option for treating nasal allergy symptoms is a nasal decongestant, another is FLONASE® nasal sprays. Here’s what you need to know and how they compare.
WHAT ARE NASAL DECONGESTANTS?
Nasal decongestants are used for quick, temporary relief of nasal congestion. They come in a variety of forms—pills, liquids, sprays—and are most commonly used for colds, sinusitis, hay fever, allergies, and rhinitis.
HOW DOES A DECONGESTANT WORK?
Decongestants work by narrowing blood vessels in the lining of the nose. This reduces the blood flow through the area. The swollen tissue inside the nose then shrinks and allows air to pass through more easily.
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a direct connection between adrenaline and decongestants. Though adrenaline is not an ingredient in decongestants, the way the body responds to both are pretty much the same. In fact, adrenaline is a stimulant that causes an elevated pulse rate, a potential side effect associated with either oral or nasal decongestants.1 This explains why you may find it difficult to sleep if you take an oral decongestant at night.1
NASAL DECONGESTANTS VS FLONASE® NASAL SPRAYS
With FLONASE® nasal sprays, you can rest easy knowing you’ll receive more complete allergy relief* from your nasal allergy symptoms. FLONASE® works to block 6 key inflammatory substances, not just histamine** relieving symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. And unlike over-the-counter nasal decongestants—which must be taken multiple times a day2—just one dose a day of any FLONASE® nasal sprays provides 24-hour relief.
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*vs single-ingredient antihistamines that do not treat nasal congestion.
**Mechanism vs most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills. FLONASE® nasal sprays act on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines, and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.
This article represents leading decongestant medicines and is not intended to represent an all-inclusive list. Please see specific products for full labeling information. Use only as directed. Afrin®, Dristan®, Sudafed®, and Tyzine® are trademarks of their respective companies.
- Antihistamines, Decongestants, and Cold Remedies. American Academy of Otolaryngology.
http://www.entnet.org/content/antihistamines-decongestants-and-cold-remedies. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
- Bayer Care. (n.d.). Afrin Original Drug Facts. Retrieved November 29, 2017, from