Compare Flonase vs. Rhinocort Aqua

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Flonase (Fluticasone)

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
Relieves nasal allergy symptoms.

Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works best when used regularly for your nasal allergy symptoms.

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.
  • Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) lowers the number of nasal symptoms you'll get during allergy season.
  • Most people don't have many side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
  • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
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.
  • Needs to be used everyday to work, so it can't be used as needed.
  • Can hace an unpleasant smell or taste.
  • It's good for 120 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
  • Can't be used in kids younger than age 6 years.
  • Need a prescription to get Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide).
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Dosage forms
  • Nasal spray
  • Nasal spray
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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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Side effects
The Flonase (Fluticasone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
5possible side effects
  • Epistaxis
    8%
  • Pharyngitis
    4%
  • Bronchospasm
    2%
  • Coughing
    2%
  • Nasal Irritation
    2%
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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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  • Changes to your nose

    Long-term use

  • Poor wound healing

    Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses

  • Increased risk of infections

    Long-term use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Glaucoma and cataracts

    Long-term use

  • Withdrawal

    Long-term use

  • Decrease in growth in children and teenagers

    Long-term use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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