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COMPLETE NASAL ALLERGY RELIEF: BEYOND
AN ANTIHISTAMINE

FLONASE® vs CLARITIN®

When it comes to managing your allergy symptoms, there are many over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to choose from. But how do you know which is right for you? Many OTC allergy medicines, such as Claritin®, are single-ingredient oral antihistamines. As an anti-inflammatory allergy nasal spray, FLONASE® Allergy Relief works differently than other OTC single-ingredient antihistamines. Here’s a look at how FLONASE® stacks up against single-ingredient oral antihistamines, like Claritin®, and what sets it apart.

COMPLETE NASAL ALLERGY RELIEF MEANS MORE THAN AN ANTIHISTAMINE 

For years, the go-to choice for allergy relief was an antihistamine, usually in the form of a pill. But antihistamines only block histamine, which is just one of the many allergic substances your immune system releases when you’re exposed to an allergen.*1

FLONASE® contains a corticosteroid. A type of medicine approved by the FDA to treat nasal allergy symptoms. FLONASE® provides more complete relief than a single-ingredient antihistamine because it blocks six allergic substances, not just histamine.*2

FLONASE® WORKS AT THE SOURCE OF ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

FLONASE® Allergy Relief contains what—until going over-the-counter—has been the #1-prescribed allergy medicine by doctors.** And unlike allergy pills, which have to travel through the body before providing relief, FLONASE® is a nasal spray that works directly at the source—in the nose, where you need it most.

This chart details for you more of the differences between FLONASE® and CLARITIN®

OTC NASAL SPRAY COMPARISON CHART: FLONASE® vs Claritin®

BRAND NAME FLONASE®
ALLERGY RELIEF
 CLARITIN®                      
Relieves nasal congestion    
Indicated to relieve itchy, watery eyes    
Relieves itchy nose, runny nose, and sneezing    
Available without a prescription    
Offers more complete relief than
single-ingredient antihistamines
   
Works directly in the nose without traveling through
the body
   

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

* 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.

** Based on IMS Health Monthly TRx Allergy Market. 12-month period ending May, 2014

Claritin® is a registered trademark of Bayer.

 

Sources:

1.     AAFA. Rhinitis and Sinusitis. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=18&cont=239. Accessed March 4, 2015.

2.     WAO. Disease Summaries. Allergy Management. http://www.worldallergy.org/public/allergic_diseases_center/allergymanagement.php#corticosteroids.
Accessed March 4, 2015.