Compare Flonase vs. Nasacort AQ

Flonase (Fluticasone) and Nasacort AQ (Triamcinolone) are both nasal steroids effective at relieving 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. Nasacort AQ (Triamcinolone) is the only medication in its class available over the counter for treating stuffy and runny nose due to allergies and you have to use it every day for it to work.

Flonase
(Fluticasone)

Nasacort Aq
(Triamcinolone)

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 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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Reviews & ratings
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5.048808172531214Flonase
Reviews for Flonase (Fluticasone)
72%
of people say Flonase (Fluticasone) is worth it
43%
say it works well
7%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)
67%
5% vs. Flonase (Fluticasone)
39%
4% vs. Flonase (Fluticasone)
10%
3% vs. Flonase (Fluticasone)
Side effects
FlonaseNasacort AQ
  • Asthma symptoms 4%
  • Nausea/vomiting 3%
  • Nosebleed 2%
  • Headache 1%
  • Cough 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
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  • Sore throat 2%
  • Cough increased 2%
  • Tooth disorder 2%
  • Headache 2%
  • Throat pain 2%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Bronchitis 2%
  • Indigestion 2%
  • Flu syndrome 2%
  • Common cold 1%
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How it works
FlonaseNasacort AQ
Flonase (Fluticasone) is a nasal steroid. It works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and inflammation caused by allergies.Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is a nasal steroid. It works directly in your nose to help reduce swelling and inflammation from allergies.
Type of medication
FlonaseNasacort AQ
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription or OTC
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription or OTC
Available as
FlonaseNasacort AQ
  • Nasal spray
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
FlonaseNasacort AQ
Risk factors for serious side effects
FlonaseNasacort AQ
  • 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 »
    • Long-term use
    • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
    • Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)
    • Exposure to tuberculosis
    • Long-term use
    • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
    • Using other inhaled steroids with Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)
    • Long-term use
    • Taking more than recommended dose
    Detailed Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    FlonaseNasacort AQ
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    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.
    Sex
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    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
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    Upsides and benefits
    FlonaseNasacort AQ
    • Can be used as needed to help control symptoms in people age 13 years or older.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    • 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.
    • 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
    FlonaseNasacort AQ
    • 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.
    • 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
    FlonaseNasacort AQ
    • 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 also cause a headache, sore throat, or nosebleeds.
    • Can cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside the nose and throat.
    • 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 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.
    • Can cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside the nose and throat.
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