Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Astepro (Azelastine) is a prescription-only antihistamine nasal spray that can help with your allergy or nasal symptoms without exposing the rest of your body to the medicine.
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.
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› Long-term use of Flonase (Fluticasone) 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.
› Won't make you feel sleepy.
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Upsides and benefits
› Astepro (Azelastine) lowers the number of nasal symptoms you'll get during allergy season.
› Works faster than steroid nasal sprays and can be used as needed.
› Most people don't have any side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
› Won't make you feel sleepy.
› Works just as well as steroid nasal sprays.
› 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 and risks
› In older versions of the medicine, you can get a bitter taste in your mouth after spraying it into your nose.
› Can cause nose bleeds if the spray nozzle is inserted into your nose wrongly.
› Need a prescription to get Astepro (Azelastine).
› It's good for 200 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
› 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Starts working in 15 minutes.
› Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray correctly.
› Before using the spray for the first time, prime it until you see a fine mist.
› Clear your nose before using the spray and breathe in slowly as you're spraying. After spraying, wait a few minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
› Tilt your head forward to avoid getting a bitter taste while spraying the medicine.
› Some people get a headache or feel drowsy and dizzy after using it.
› It can take several days for Flonase (Fluticasone) to start working fully.
› Don't take more of it than was prescribed for you.
› Blow your nose before using Flonase (Fluticasone).
› Can cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside the nose and throat.
› Can also cause a headache, sore throat, or nosebleeds.