Compare Claritin vs. Nasacort AQ

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

Claritin (loratadine)

Prescription or OTC

Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)

Prescription or OTC
Treats allergies.

Claritin (loratadine) is a once-daily medicine for allergies that won't make you as sleepy as other medicines that work like it.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 1517 reviewsforClaritin
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.

4.8/ 7 average rating with 328 reviewsforNasacort AQ
Upsides
  • It doesn't cause daytime drowsiness unlike other antihistamines.
  • Side-effects are mild, if any at all.
  • Available over-the-counter without a prescription.
  • It provides quick relief of allergy symptoms for both children and adults.
  • It doesn't interfere with how a lot of other medicines work.
  • 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
  • It's not the best choice if you have persistent, daily allergy symptoms.
  • It's not recommended for children less than 2 years old.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Nasal spray
Price
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Reviews
1517 
74%
think this treatment is worth it
38%
think this treatment works well
6%
think this treatment is a hassle

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328 
67%
think this treatment is worth it
39%
think this treatment works well
10%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Headache
    12%
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Nervousness or anxiety
    4%
  • Wheezing
    4%
  • Tiredness
    4%
  • Rash
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Mouth or tongue irritation
    3%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Hyperactive behavior
    3%
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The Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Difficulty concentrating

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Excess phenylalanine

    History of phenylketonuria (PKU)

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  • Changes in the nasal septum

    Long-term use

  • Decreased wound healing

    Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses

  • Reduced immune system

    Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Glaucoma and cataracts

    Long-term use

  • 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

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