Compare Allegra vs. Rhinocort Aqua

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Allegra
(fexofenadine)

Rhinocort Aqua
(budesonide)

Treats allergy symptoms. Allegra (Fexofenadine) relieves allergy symptoms without making you feel drowsy.Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works best when used regularly for your nasal allergy symptoms.
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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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Side effects
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
  • 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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  • Epistaxis 3%
  • Pharyngitis 1%
  • Bronchospasm 1%
  • Coughing 2%
  • Nasal Irritation 2%
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How it works
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
Allegra (Fexofenadine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions.Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and allergy symptoms.
Type of medication
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
Prescription or OTCPrescription only
Available as
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Nasal spray
Used for
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
Risk factors for serious side effects
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
  • 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
  • Untreated infections
Detailed Rhinocort Aqua (budesonide) 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.

Price
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
No price related info.
  • It's good for 120 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
Food
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
  • 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
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
  • The dose needs to be adjusted for people with kidney problems.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Sleep
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
  • Can make you feel dizzy or sleepy, so you can take it at bedtime.
  • Won't make you feel drowsy like some antihistamine medicines.
  • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
Upsides and benefits
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
  • 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.
  • Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) lowers the number of nasal symptoms you'll get during allergy season.
  • Most people don't have many side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
  • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
Downsides and risks
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
  • 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 used everyday to work, so it can't be used as needed.
  • Can hace an unpleasant smell or taste.
  • It's good for 120 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
  • Can't be used in kids younger than age 6 years.
  • Need a prescription to get Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AllegraRhinocort Aqua
  • 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.
  • Works best if used everyday. It takes about one week to start seeing the best results.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray correctly.
  • Shake the spray gently and clear your nose before each use.
  • Before using it for the first time or if you haven't used it in 2 days, prime the spray pump until you see a fine mist.
  • Breathe in slowly as you're spraying and tilt your head back slightly after spraying. Wait 15 minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
  • Some people get minor nose irritation, nosebleeds, sore throat, or headaches after using it.
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