Flonase vs. Dimetapp Cold and Allergy

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Dimetapp Cold And Allergy
(Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine)

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.Relieves congestion and allergy symptoms for kids. Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) is good for multiple nasal symptoms, but it can make you really drowsy.
How it works
Flonase (Fluticasone) is a nasal steroid. It works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and inflammation caused by allergies.Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) is a combination medicine that relieves allergy and cold symptoms. Brompheniramine (an antihistamine) prevents allergy symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes or skin. Phenylephrine (a decongestant) clears your sinuses.
Type of medication
Prescription or OTC
1st generation
Available as
  • Nasal spray
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews for Flonase (Fluticasone)
of people say Flonase (Fluticasone) is worth it
say it works well
say it's a big hassle
Side effects
  • Asthma symptoms 4%
  • Nausea/vomiting 3%
  • Nosebleed 2%
  • Headache 1%
  • Cough 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Dimetapp Cold and Allergy side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Dimetapp Cold and Allergy »
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
  • Using other inhaled steroids with Flonase (Fluticasone)
    • Long-term use
    • Taking more than recommended dose
    • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
    • Using other inhaled steroids with Flonase (Fluticasone)
    • Long-term use
    • Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)
    • Exposure to tuberculosis
    • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
    • Long-term use
    Detailed Flonase (Fluticasone) risks & warnings »
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking with other medicines that make you less alert
    • Women of childbearing age
    • History of high blood pressure
    • Taking MAO inhibitors
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Glaucoma
    • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
    Detailed Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
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    Upsides and benefits
    • 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.
    • Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) is a combination medicine with a decongestant and an antihistamine that's helpful in treating nasal symptoms related to cold and allergy.
    • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) is useful for itchy eyes, runny nose, or constant sneezing.
    • Phenylephrine (the decongestant) is good for relieving congestion.
    Downsides and risks
    • 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.
    • If you don't really need both of the medications in this combination, you'd be taking extra medicine and might have extra side effects for no reason.
    • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) can cause dizziness, drowsiness, dry eyes/mouth, and constipation.
    • Phenylephrine (the decongestant) doesn't last as long as other oral decongestants like pseudoephedrine, but can cause jitteriness.
    • The two medications in this medicine can somewhat work against each other, with one making you sleepy and the other making you jittery.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    • 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.
    • Only use the provided dosage cup to measure the medicine. Don't use a spoon.
    • Follow the age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than what's recommended on the package.
    • Talk to a doctor if the symptoms don't get better in 1 week.
    Learn more
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