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Pred Forte Alternatives

(Prednisolone)

  • Eye drops
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Compare Pred Forte (Prednisolone) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Pred Forte (Prednisolone) or used for similar purposes.

Pred Forte
(Prednisolone)

Pataday
(Olopatadine)

Astepro
(Azelastine)

Elestat
(Epinastine)

Claritin
(Loratadine)

Zyrtec
(Cetirizine)

Treats eye redness and swelling. Pred Forte (Prednisolone) is strong medicine for eye redness and swelling without exposing the rest of your body to the steroid medicine.Coming soon.Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Astepro (Azelastine) is a prescription-only antihistamine nasal spray that can help with your allergy or nasal symptoms without exposing the rest of your body to the medicine.Coming soon.Treats allergy symptoms. Claritin (Loratadine) is a once-daily allergy relief medication that doesn't make you feel sleepy.Treats allergy symptoms. Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is a once-daily allergy relief medication that won't make you feel too sleepy.
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Reviews for Claritin (Loratadine)
74%
26% vs. Pred Forte (Prednisolone)
38%
+38% vs. Pred Forte (Prednisolone)
6%
6% vs. Pred Forte (Prednisolone)
Reviews for Zyrtec (Cetirizine)
76%
24% vs. Pred Forte (Prednisolone)
46%
+46% vs. Pred Forte (Prednisolone)
7%
7% vs. Pred Forte (Prednisolone)
Side effects
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec

The Prednisolone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Prednisolone side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Olopatadine side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Olopatadine »
  • Bitter taste 19%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 7%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Nosebleed 4%
  • Pink eye 3%
  • Cough 3%
  • Nasal burning 2%
  • Sneezing 2%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Paroxysmal sneezing 2%
More Astepro side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Elestat side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Elestat »

We haven’t found good data for Claritin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Claritin »

We haven’t found good data for Zyrtec side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Zyrtec »
How it works
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec
Pred Forte (Prednisolone) is a steroid that lowers your immune response to allergens and reduces eye redness and swelling.Coming soon.Astepro (Azelastine) is an antihistamine nasal spray. It works directly in your nose to block histamine, a chemical that causes runny nose, itching, and sneezing.Coming soon.Claritin (Loratadine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions. Antihistamines can also make you sleepy, but Loratadine is a low-drowsiness version.Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions. Antihistamines can also make you sleepy, but Zyrtec is a low-drowsiness version.
Type of medication
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec
CorticosteroidPrescription only
Coming soon.
Antihistamine
2nd generation
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Antihistamine
2nd generation
Prescription or OTC
Antihistamine
2nd generation
Prescription or OTC
Available as
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
  • Nasal spray
  • Nasal spray
  • Eye drops
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Orally disintegrating tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid capsule
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec
  • Allergic conjunctivitis Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
Risk factors for serious side effects
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec
  • Long-term use
  • Long-term use
  • Long-term use
  • History of glaucoma
  • Long-term use
Detailed Pred Forte (Prednisolone) risks & warnings »
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Pregnancy category
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec
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
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
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
NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

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NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
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  • Some people get a headache or feel drowsy and dizzy after using it.
No specific sleep-related info.
  • Relieves allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose just as well as other antihistamines, but with less sedation (drowsiness).
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec
  • Decreases swelling and redness in your eyes.
  • Doesn't cause the same types of side effects that oral forms of steroids do.
Coming soon.
  • Astepro (Azelastine) lowers the number of nasal symptoms you'll get during allergy season.
  • Works faster than steroid nasal sprays and can be used as needed.
  • Most people don't have any side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
  • Won't make you feel sleepy.
  • Works just as well as steroid nasal sprays.
Coming soon.
  • Relieves allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose just as well as other antihistamines, but with less sedation (drowsiness).
  • Also treats hives and itchy skin.
  • Side effects are rare and usually mild.
  • Available over the counter without a prescription.
  • Comes as a tablet, liquid, or quick-dissolving tablet.
  • Can provide quick relief of allergy symptoms for both kids and adults.
  • Okay to take with most other medications because it doesn't have many interactions.
  • Zyrtec (Cetirizine) works as well as other antihistamines to treat sneezing and runny nose, but causes less sedation.
  • Works well to also treat hives and itchy skin.
  • Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is available over the counter without a prescription.
  • It comes as a tablet, liquid, and quick-dissolving tablet.
  • It can provide quick relief of allergy symptoms for both kids and adults.
  • It's okay to take with most other medications because it has few drug interactions.
  • Most people don't get any side effects from Zyrtec (Cetirizine).
Downsides and risks
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec
  • Available only as a prescription medication.
  • You need good hand-eye coordination to get the eye drops into your eyes.
  • Can cause or worsen certain eye conditions.
Coming soon.
  • In older versions of the medicine, you can get a bitter taste in your mouth after spraying it into your nose.
  • Can cause nose bleeds if the spray nozzle is inserted into your nose wrongly.
  • Need a prescription to get Astepro (Azelastine).
  • It's good for 200 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
Coming soon.
  • For some people, its effectiveness on treating allergies wears off over time.
  • Some people find that other more sedating antihistamines (like Zyrtec or Benadryl) are more effective for them.
  • Not for kids under 2 years.
  • The Reditabs version contains aspartame (phenylalanine).
  • If you have daily allergy symptoms, a prescription nasal steroid spray might be better for you long-term.
  • Although it works fast, its effectiveness wears off for some people over time.
  • Zyrtec (Cetirizine) can be slightly more sedating than Allegra or Claritin.
  • Some people find that other more sedating antihistamines, like Benadryl, are more effective for them than Zyrtec (Cetirizine).
  • If you have daily allergy symptoms, a prescription nasal steroid spray might be better for you long-term.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
PrednisoloneOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtec
  • Shake the eye drops well before using.
  • Press your finger gently on the inner corner of your eye after the drops are in to keep them there.
  • Wait 1 minute between each drop if you're giving yourself more than 1 drop.
  • If you have other eye drops, wait 5 minutes in between different sets of eye drops.
  • If your symptoms don't get better after 2 days, you may need to try a different medicine.
  • Let your doctor know if you have eye pain, pressure, infections, or changes in eye sight.
Coming soon.
  • Starts working in 15 minutes.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray correctly.
  • Before using the spray for the first time, prime it until you see a fine mist.
  • Clear your nose before using the spray and breathe in slowly as you're spraying. After spraying, wait a few minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
  • Tilt your head forward to avoid getting a bitter taste while spraying the medicine.
  • Some people get a headache or feel drowsy and dizzy after using it.
Coming soon.
  • Take it only once a day.
  • Starts working in a few hours.
  • Avoid possible side effects by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated liquids.
  • If you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor about trying a nasal steroid instead, which might work better for you long-term.
  • Using an antihistamine eye drop might work better to help itchy or watery eyes.
  • Can make you feel sleepy, so take it at bedtime if needed.
  • Starts working in a few hours. Only take it once a day.
  • Avoid some of the side effects by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated liquids.
  • If you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor about trying a nasal steroid instead since it might work better for you long-term.
  • Using an antihistamine eye drop instead can also work better to treat itchy or watery eyes.
  • Can make you feel sleepy, so take it at bedtime if needed.
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