Relieves congestion and allergy symptoms. Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) is okay for treating congestion, but it could make you really tired or keep you wide awake.
Relieves allergy symptoms. Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is the only medication in its class available over the counter for treating stuffy and runny nose due to allergies. You have to use it every day for it to work.
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Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) is a combination medicine that relieves allergy and cold symptoms. Brompheniramine (an antihistamine) treats runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes or skin. Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) clears your sinuses.
Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is a nasal steroid. It works directly in your nose to help reduce swelling and inflammation from allergies.
› Available over the counter without a prescription.
› 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.
Downsides and risks
› If you don't need both of the medications in this combination, you'd be taking extra medicine and can have extra side effects for no reason.
› Pseudoephedrine (the decongestant) can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
› Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) can make you dizzy and drowsy. It could increase the risk of falls for elderly people.
› The two ingredients in this medication can make you either really tired or keep you wide awake. See how it affects you before doing anything important.
› Can't be used on as-needed basis. Must be taken every day.
› Doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left.
› Since the medicine in Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
› Needs to be primed before use and re-primed if not used for more than 2 weeks.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Brompheniramine (the antihistamine ingredient in Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine)) can make you sleepy, so avoid activities that require you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
› While taking this, avoid alcohol and other drugs that make you drowsy.
› Pseudoephedrine (the decongestant ingredient) can make you restless, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
› Can cause an irregular or fast heartbeat, and can raise your blood pressure.
› Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than recommended on the package.
› You need to show an ID to buy Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) in the drugstore because it contains pseudoephedrine.
› Use Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) 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 the 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.