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ALLERGY RELIEF THAT IS NON DROWSY

FLONASE® vs ZYRTEC®

Not all over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicines are created equal. Many oral antihistamines don't relieve congestion, like ZYRTEC®, and may even cause drowsiness. As an anti-inflammatory nasal allergy spray, FLONASE® Allergy Relief is non-drowsy and works differently than other OTC allergy medicines. Here’s how FLONASE® stacks up against oral antihistamines, like ZYRTEC®.

FLONASE® DOES MORE

The leading allergy medicine for many years was an antihistamine, usually in the form of a pill. The problem is antihistamines only block histamine—just one of the many allergic substances your immune system releases when you’re exposed to an allergen.*1

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

ALLERGY RELIEF THAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU DROWSY

A known side effect of certain antihistamine allergy medications, like ZYRTEC®, is drowsiness. This can affect your mental alertness and prevent you from performing everyday tasks, like driving to the best of your ability.3 Fortunately, FLONASE® is non-drowsy so you can get through your day alert as well as with allergy symptom relief.

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

OTC ALLERGY MEDICINE COMPARISON CHART: FLONASE® vs ZYRTEC®

BRAND NAME FLONASE®ALLERGY
     RELIEF
         
 ZYRTEC®                         
Relieves nasal congestion    
Indicated to relieve itchy, watery eyes    
Relieves itchy nose, runny nose, and sneezing    
Available without a prescription    
No drowsiness warnings    
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.

ZYRTEC® is a registered trademark of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.

 

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.

3. Over-the-counter medications for allergies. (n.d.). https://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=22&cont=318. Retrieved March 27, 2015.