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CHOOSING THE BEST ALLERGY TREATMENT FOR YOUR SYMPTOMS

FLONASE® vs NASACORT®

Spring allergy season is almost upon us. How are you going to deal with your nasal allergy symptoms this year?

Experts say that over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory nasal sprays—such as FLONASE® Allergy Relief or Nasacort® 24 hour—are the most effective form of nasal allergy relief.1 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 ANTI-INFLAMMATORY NASAL SPRAYS PROVIDE MORE EFFECTIVE 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, which is just one of the many allergic substances your immune system releases when you’re exposed to an allergen.*2

An OTC allergy nasal 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.3

Nasal sprays with corticosteroids block a variety of allergic substances. For example, FLONASE® acts to block 6 of these allergic substances, including histamine, to treat your symptoms.*

FLONASE® TREATS MULTIPLE SYMPTOMS, INCLUDING ITCHY, WATERY EYES

Both FLONASE® and Nasacort®  24 Hour are OTC corticosteroid nasal sprays that relieve most nasal allergy symptoms, even congestion. FLONASE® Allergy Relief, however, contains what—until going over-the-counter—has been the #1-prescribed allergy medicine by doctors.** And only FLONASE® is indicated to provide 24-hour relief of both nose- and eye-related allergy symptoms. So if itchy, watery eyes are a problem for you during spring allergy season, FLONASE® can provide you with ocular symptom relief.

This chart details for you more of the differences between FLONASE® and Nasacort® 24 Hour.

OTC NASAL SPRAY COMPARISON CHART: FLONASE® VS NASACORT® 24 HOUR

Brand name FLONASE®ALLERGY    RELIEF           NASACORT® 24 HOUR NASAL SPRAY

Contains the #1 most prescribed allergy medicine**

     

The first OTC nasal spray indicated to relieve both nose- and eye-related allergy symptoms

    
Indicated to relieve itchy, watery eyes    
Relieves nasal allergy symptoms    
Offers more complete relief than an antihistamine    
Available without a prescription    

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

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

* 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

Sources:

1.  AAFP. Allergies: Controlling Your Symptoms. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p620.html. Accessed March 4, 2015.
2.  AAFA. Rhinitis and Sinusitis. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=18&cont=239. Accessed March 4, 2015.
3.  WAO. Disease Summaries. Allergy Management. http://www.worldallergy.org/public/allergic_diseases_center/allergymanagement.php#corticosteroids. Accessed March 4, 2015.