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Allergies: Which over the counter prescriptions work best?

Updated on April 8, 2015

Which over the counter nasal spray is best for me?

Recently, the availability of prescription strength nasal sprays have been made available to the public. The two nasal spray that I have tried and will compare for you are Flonase and Nasocort.

Nasacort was released by the FDA on 10/11/2013

Flonase was released by the FDA on 07/24/2014

According to my past medical history, I was prescribed Flonase for allergies from my primary care physician. It worked wonderfully. I had no symptoms after a few days. Since this was a prescription my insurance covered it.




Symptom Analysis

Flonase

  1. treatment for allergies
  2. congestion
  3. seasonal allergies
  4. inflammation

Nasocort

  1. allergies
  2. swelling
  3. inflammation
  4. seasonal allergies
  5. allergic rhinitis

These are the symptoms listed. So far, they seem similar. So, which do you choose?

Side Effects

Flonase

  1. Sneezing
  2. sore throat
  3. migranes

Nasocort

  1. sneezing
  2. sore throat
  3. high blood pressure

The symptoms above, though very similar show a huge red flag. huge difference being high blood pressure. Ok, now we are getting somewhere. If you have a history of high blood pressure and are currently taking medication, you will definitely not want to use Nasocort.



What is the price difference?

Flonase

  • walgreens 22.99
  • target 23.99
  • amazon 21.71

Nasacort

  • kmart 17.99
  • walmart 12.99
  • amazon 16.85

the winner is.....Nasacort was proven to be cheaper in all cases.



In Summary

Both pruducts claim to help seasonal allergies and symptoms 6 times better than allergy pills.

They both have similar noted side effects, but Flonase has been known to give migraines. That would not be good for me. With that being said, Nasacort is not recommended for people with high blood pressure. So for me, it's a no brainer. I have used both in the last year and personally I found Flonase to work better. I did not have any headaches or migranes. The only side effect was a slight sore throat. Also, I only use this in the Springtime. I can honestly say I am symptom free.

Its is so hard to find the right prescription for you. I originally seen an allergist two years ago and she recommended Flonase. So I was not totally walking in the dark. I like to research my options and always choose the safest and less expensive choice. Good luck in your search. ACHOO and God bless you.

Depending on your medical history and current symptoms I hope this helps you choose the product that best works for you. As always, check with your physician first and always consult your pharmacist.

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