Compare Nasacort AQ vs. Allegra

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Nasacort Aq
(triamcinolone)

Allegra
(fexofenadine)

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.Treats allergy symptoms. Allegra (Fexofenadine) relieves allergy symptoms without making you feel drowsy.
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Best available price for 15 (15g of 0.1%) tube of ointments of triamcinolone
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Best available price for 30 (24 hour) tablets of allegra
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4.84Nasacort AQ
Reviews for Nasacort AQ
67%
of people (All ages) say Nasacort AQ is worth it
39%
say it works well
10%
say it's a big hassle
328 reviews
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Reviews for Allegra
79%
-12% worse vs. Nasacort AQ
63%
-24% worse vs. Nasacort AQ
0%
-10% worse vs. Nasacort AQ
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Side effects
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  • Sore throat 1%
  • Nosebleed 3%
  • Flu syndrome 2%
  • Bronchitis 2%
  • Indigestion 2%
  • Tooth disorder 2%
  • Headache 2%
  • Throat pain 2%
  • Common cold 1%
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  • Menstrual cramps 2%
  • Headache 3%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Cough 3%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 2%
  • Fever 1%
  • Middle ear inflammation 2%
  • Runny nose 1%
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How it works
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Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is a nasal steroid. It works directly in your nose to help reduce swelling and inflammation from allergies.Allegra (Fexofenadine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions.
Type of medication
Nasacort AQAllegra
Prescription or OTCPrescription or OTC
Available as
Nasacort AQAllegra
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
Nasacort AQAllegra
  • Long-term use
  • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
  • Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)
  • Exposure to tuberculosis
Detailed Nasacort Aq (triamcinolone) risks & warnings »
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
Detailed Allegra (fexofenadine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

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.

Food
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No food related info.
  • Some forms of Allegra (Fexofenadine) contain aspartame (phenylalanine). People who have phenylketonuria (PKU) can't break down the amino acid phenylalanine. It builds up and causes serious medical problems. If you have PKU, check to see which products you can use.
Kidneys and liver
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No kidneys and liver related info.
  • The dose needs to be adjusted for people with kidney problems.
Sleep
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No sleep related info.
  • Can make you feel dizzy or sleepy, so you can take it at bedtime.
  • Won't make you feel drowsy like some antihistamine medicines.
Upsides and benefits
Nasacort AQAllegra
  • 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.
  • Relieves allergy symptoms, like sneezing, runny nose, and itching.
  • Approved to be used in kids and adults age 6 months and older.
  • Won't make you feel drowsy like some antihistamine medicines.
  • Available over-the-counter without a prescription.
  • Comes in many forms, such as a tablet, liquid, or quick-dissolving tablet.
  • It's okay to take with most other medications since it has very few interactions.
Downsides and risks
Nasacort AQAllegra
  • 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.
  • For some people, the effects Allegra (Fexofenadine) has on allergies will wear off over time.
  • May not work as well as the first-generation antihistamines, like diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
  • The dose needs to be adjusted for people with kidney problems.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • 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 cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside the nose and throat.
  • 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.
  • Starts working in 1 to 2 hours depending on what dosage form you're taking.
  • Works best when taken regularly, even before symptoms are expected to appear.
  • Can make you feel dizzy or sleepy, so you can take it at bedtime.
  • Follow age-specific dosing and don't take more than recommended.
  • If symptoms get worse or you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor.
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