Compare Nasacort AQ vs. Allegra

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Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)

Prescription or OTC

Allegra (Fexofenadine)

Prescription or OTC
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.

4.8/ 7 average rating with 328 reviewsforNasacort AQ
Treats allergy symptoms.

Allegra (Fexofenadine) relieves allergy symptoms without making you feel drowsy.

5.4/ 7 average rating with 24 reviewsforAllegra
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
328 
67%
think this treatment is worth it
39%
think this treatment works well
10%
think this treatment is a hassle

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24 
79%
think this treatment is worth it
63%
think this treatment works well
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think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
4possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Back Pain
    2%
  • Stomach Discomfort
    2%
  • Pain in extremity
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Changes in the nasal septum

    Long-term use

  • Decreased wound healing

    Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses

  • Reduced immune system

    Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Glaucoma and cataracts

    Long-term use

  • 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

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  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Brain damage from too much phenylalanine

    History of phenylketonuria (PKU)

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