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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Reviews for Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)
67%
of people say Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is worth it
39%
say it works well
10%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Allegra (Fexofenadine)
77%
+10% vs. Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)
59%
+20% vs. Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)
0%
+10% vs. Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)
Side effects
Nasacort AQAllegra
  • 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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  • Vomiting 3%
  • Headache 3%
  • Cough 3%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Fever 1%
  • Runny nose 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Stomach discomfort 1%
More Allegra side effects »
How it works
Nasacort AQAllegra
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
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription or OTC
Antihistamine
2nd generation
Prescription or OTC
Available as
Nasacort AQAllegra
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
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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
  • 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 »
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
Detailed Allegra (Fexofenadine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
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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.

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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.
  • The dose needs to be adjusted for people with kidney problems.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.
  • Won't make you feel drowsy like some antihistamine medicines.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
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
Nasacort AQAllegra
  • 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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