Compare Flonase vs. Claritin

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

Flonase (Fluticasone)

Prescription or OTC

Claritin (loratadine)

Prescription or OTC
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.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 890 reviewsforFlonase
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
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • It's not the best choice if you have persistent, daily allergy symptoms.
  • It's not recommended for children less than 2 years old.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
890 
72%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
7%
think this treatment is a hassle

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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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Side effects
The Flonase (Fluticasone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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Risks and warnings
  • 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

  • Adrenal suppression

    Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Thrush in the nose and throat

    Long-term use

  • Reduced immune system

    Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Decreased wound healing

    Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses

  • Changes in the nasal septum

    Long-term use

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  • Difficulty concentrating

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Excess phenylalanine

    History of phenylketonuria (PKU)

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