Clarinex D
Alternatives

(desloratadine / pseudoephedrine)

Clarinex D (desloratadine / pseudoephedrine)

Prescription only

Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)

Prescription or OTC
1 of 11 alternatives
Treats allergies and clears up nasal congestion.

Clarinex D (desloratadine / pseudoephedrine) is a single-pill combination for treatment of allergies and nasal congestion, but it can keep you up at night.

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.

Upsides
  • This single-pill combination conveniently treats both allergies and nasal congestion at the same time.
  • It is non-drowsy, unlike other anti-histamines.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Depending on your symptoms, you may not need to be on both medicines.
  • Pseudoephedrine can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • It is not a good option for pregnant women or children 12 years and younger.
  • It requires prescription from your doctor.
  • It may interfere with how your other medicines work. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before combining with other medicines.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Nasal spray
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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Insomnia
    10%
  • Dry mouth
    8%
  • Headache
    8%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Drowsiness
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Anorexia
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Restlesness

    History of heart problems

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Seizures

    History of seizures

  • Harm to fetus

    Pregnancy

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  • 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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