Compare Allegra vs. Flonase

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Allegra (Fexofenadine)

Prescription or OTC

Flonase (Fluticasone)

Prescription or OTC
Treats allergy symptoms.

Allegra (Fexofenadine) relieves allergy symptoms without making you feel drowsy.

5.4/ 7 average rating with 24 reviewsforAllegra
Relieves allergy symptoms.

Flonase (Fluticasone) is a good first-choice medicine for treating a runny or stuffy nose caused by allergies, and it's cheaper than some alternatives.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 890 reviewsforFlonase
Upsides
  • Relieves allergy symptoms, like sneezing, runny nose, and itching.
  • Approved to be used in kids and adults age 6 months and older.
  • Won't make you feel drowsy like some antihistamine medicines.
  • Available over-the-counter without a prescription.
  • Comes in many forms, such as a tablet, liquid, or quick-dissolving tablet.
  • It's okay to take with most other medications since it has very few interactions.
  • First-choice medication for treating runny and stuffy noses caused by allergies. It works by reducing inflammation in the nose.
  • Because it's used directly where the inflammation is happening, it has fewer side effects than oral steroids do and has a lower chance of causing withdrawal symptoms once the medication is stopped.
  • Can be used as needed to help control symptoms in people age 13 years or older.
  • Available as a generic medication.
Downsides
  • For some people, the effects Allegra (Fexofenadine) has on allergies will wear off over time.
  • May not work as well as the first-generation antihistamines, like diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
  • The dose needs to be adjusted for people with kidney problems.
  • Flonase (Fluticasone) doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left (each bottle has 120 sprays).
  • Needs to be primed (pressed/pumped until a fine spray appears) up to six times prior to using it for the first time, or if you haven't used it in 2 weeks.
  • Since the medicine in Flonase (Fluticasone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Nasal spray
Price
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Reviews
24 
79%
think this treatment is worth it
63%
think this treatment works well
0%
think this treatment is a hassle

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890 
72%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
7%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Back Pain
    2%
  • Stomach Discomfort
    2%
  • Pain in extremity
    2%
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The Flonase (Fluticasone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Brain damage from too much phenylalanine

    History of phenylketonuria (PKU)

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  • Adrenal suppression

    Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Decrease in growth in children and teenagers

    Long-term use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Adrenal suppression

    Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Thrush in the nose and throat

    Long-term use

  • Reduced immune system

    Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Decreased wound healing

    Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses

  • Changes in the nasal septum

    Long-term use

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