Compare Flovent vs. Flonase

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

Flonase (Fluticasone)

Prescription or OTC
Prevents breathing problems.

Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 483 reviewsforFlovent
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.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 890 reviewsforFlonase
Upsides
  • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
  • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
  • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
  • Available as both an inhaler and Diskus device.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • You have to use Fluticasone every day to control your symptoms.
  • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
  • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
  • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Price
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Reviews
483 reviews so far
68%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
8%
saidit'sa big hassle

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890 reviews so far
72%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
7%
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Side effects
17possible side effects
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    20%
  • Throat irritation
    13%
  • Headache
    12%
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection
    9%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    8%
  • Fever
    7%
  • Upper respiratory inflammation
    5%
  • Rhinitis
    4%
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort and pain
    4%
  • Viral gastrointestinal infection
    4%
  • Viral respiratory infection
    4%
  • Musculoskeletal pain
    4%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Viral infection
    2%
  • Bronchitis
    2%
  • Muscle injury
    2%
  • Injury
    2%
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The Flonase (Fluticasone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Adrenal suppression (HPA axis suppression)
    • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
    • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Severe milk protein allergy
  • Increased risk for bacterial and viral infection
    • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
    • Long-term treatment with Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
  • Difficulty breathing (bronchospasm)
  • Reduced growth rate in children
    • Dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • Duration of treatment
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
  • Eye problems
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
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  • Adrenal suppression
    • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
    • Using other inhaled steroids with Flonase (Fluticasone)
  • Allergic reactions
  • Decrease in growth in children and teenagers
    • Long-term use
    • Taking more than recommended dose
  • Adrenal suppression
    • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
    • Using other inhaled steroids with Flonase (Fluticasone)
  • Thrush in the nose and throat
    • Long-term use
  • Reduced immune system
    • Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)
    • Exposure to tuberculosis
  • Decreased wound healing
    • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
  • Changes in the nasal septum
    • Long-term use
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