Compare Allegra vs. Nasonex

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

Allegra
(fexofenadine)

Nasonex
(mometasone)

Treats allergy symptoms. Allegra (Fexofenadine) relieves allergy symptoms without making you feel drowsy.Relieves allergy symptoms. Nasonex (Mometasone) is a good first-choice treatment for stuffy and runny noses caused by allergies.
Reviews & ratings
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5.38Allegra
Reviews for Allegra
79%
of people (All ages) say Allegra is worth it
63%
say it works well
0%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Nasonex
68%
+11% better vs. Allegra
39%
+24% better vs. Allegra
8%
+8% better vs. Allegra
675 reviews
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Side effects
AllegraNasonex
  • Dysmenorrhea 2%
  • Headache 3%
  • Back Pain 2%
  • Cough 3%
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 2%
  • Pyrexia 1%
  • Otitis Media 2%
  • Rhinorrhea 1%
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  • Headache 4%
  • Viral Infection 3%
  • Pharyngitis 2%
  • Nosebleed 5%
  • Coughing 1%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection 4%
  • Dysmenorrhea 2%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 2%
  • Sinusitis 2%
  • Arthralgia 4%
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How it works
AllegraNasonex
Allegra (Fexofenadine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions.Nasonex (Mometasone) is a topical steroid. It works directly where it's applied to help reduce swelling and inflammation in your nose.
Type of medication
AllegraNasonex
Prescription or OTCPrescription only
Available as
AllegraNasonex
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Nasal spray
Used for
AllegraNasonex
Risk factors for serious side effects
AllegraNasonex
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
Detailed Allegra (fexofenadine) risks & warnings »
  • Long-term use
  • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
  • Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)
Detailed Nasonex (mometasone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Food
AllegraNasonex
  • Some forms of Allegra (Fexofenadine) contain aspartame (phenylalanine). People who have phenylketonuria (PKU) can't break down the amino acid phenylalanine. It builds up and causes serious medical problems. If you have PKU, check to see which products you can use.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
AllegraNasonex
  • The dose needs to be adjusted for people with kidney problems.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Pain
AllegraNasonex
No pain related info.
  • Long-term use of Nasonex (Mometasone) can increase your chances of getting thrush in the nose and throat. Your doctor will check your nose and throat if you have to be on this medication for a long time. Also, tell your doctor if you notice pain in the nose and throat with redness and white patches.
Sleep
AllegraNasonex
  • Can make you feel dizzy or sleepy, so you can take it at bedtime.
  • Won't make you feel drowsy like some antihistamine medicines.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
AllegraNasonex
  • 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, which is cheaper.
Downsides and risks
AllegraNasonex
  • 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.
  • Needs to be primed 10 times before it can be used, or re-primed if not used for more than 2 weeks.
  • Doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left (each bottle has 120 sprays).
  • Since the medicine in Nasonex (Mometasone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AllegraNasonex
  • Starts working in 1 to 2 hours depending on what dosage form you're taking.
  • Works best when taken regularly, even before symptoms are expected to appear.
  • Can make you feel dizzy or sleepy, so you can take it at bedtime.
  • Follow age-specific dosing and don't take more than recommended.
  • If symptoms get worse or you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor.
  • Use Nasonex (Mometasone) once a day, following age-specific recommendations on how many sprays to use. Don't take more than prescribed.
  • Blow your nose before using.
  • Can cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside your nose and throat. Can also cause nosebleeds, a sore throat, and headaches.
  • Needs to be used regularly during allergy season for it to work. It can take 1 to 2 weeks for the medicine to start working fully.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist on how to use the nasal spray the right way.
  • Shake well before using it. Before the first use, prime the bottle by spraying it until you see a fine mist.
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