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These medications are comparable to Singulair (Montelukast) or used for similar purposes.

Singulair
(Montelukast)

Omnaris
(Ciclesonide)

Aerospan
(Flunisolide)

Flonase
(Fluticasone)

Nasonex
(Mometasone)

Qvar
(Beclomethasone)

Asmanex
(Mometasone)

Aerospan
(Flunisolide)

Qvar
(Beclomethasone)

Flovent Diskus
(Fluticasone)

Prevents breathing problems. Singulair (Montelukast) has fewer side effects but doesn't work as well as steroid inhalers for asthma. It also helps with allergies.Coming soon.Coming soon.Relieves allergy symptoms. Flonase (Fluticasone) is a good first-choice medicine for treating a runny or stuffy nose caused by allergies, and it's cheaper than some alternatives.Relieves allergy symptoms. Nasonex (Mometasone) is a good first-choice treatment for stuffy and runny noses caused by allergies.Prevents breathing problems. Qvar (Beclomethasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.Prevents breathing problems. Asmanex (Mometasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.Coming soon.Prevents breathing problems. Qvar (Beclomethasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.Prevents breathing problems. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.
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Reviews for Singulair (Montelukast)
66%
of people say Singulair (Montelukast) is worth it
46%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle

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Reviews for Flonase (Fluticasone)
72%
+6% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
43%
3% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
7%
+6% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
Reviews for Nasonex (Mometasone)
68%
+2% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
38%
8% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
8%
+5% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
Reviews for Qvar (Beclomethasone)
32%
34% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
29%
17% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
26%
13% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
Reviews for Asmanex (Mometasone)
55%
11% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
39%
7% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
20%
7% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)

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Reviews for Qvar (Beclomethasone)
32%
34% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
29%
17% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
26%
13% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
Reviews for Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
68%
+2% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
39%
7% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
9%
+4% vs. Singulair (Montelukast)
Side effects
SingulairCiclesonideflunisolideFlonaseNasonexQvarAsmanexflunisolideQvarFlovent
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Muscle weakness/fatiguea/fatigue 1%
  • Decreased liver function 1%
  • Congestion, nasal 1%
  • Pain, dental 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Ciclesonide side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Ciclesonide »

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

FDA side effect reports for flunisolide »
  • Asthma symptoms 4%
  • Nausea/vomiting 3%
  • Nosebleed 2%
  • Headache 1%
  • Cough 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
More Flonase side effects »
  • Nosebleed 8%
  • Headache 4%
  • Viral infection 3%
  • Menstrual cramps 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Coughing 1%
  • Vomiting 1%
More Nasonex side effects »
  • Sore throat 23%
  • Headache 16%
  • Back pain 3%
  • Speech disorder 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 1%
  • Oral symptoms inhalation route 1%
More Qvar side effects »
  • Allergic rhinitis 15%
  • Candidiasis, oral 13%
  • Fatigue 11%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 8%
  • Sore throat 6%
  • Joint pain 6%
  • Menstrual cramps 5%
  • Abdominal pain 4%
  • Sinus inflammation 3%
  • Fever 2%
More Asmanex side effects »

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

FDA side effect reports for flunisolide »
  • Sore throat 23%
  • Headache 16%
  • Back pain 3%
  • Speech disorder 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 1%
  • Oral symptoms inhalation route 1%
More Qvar side effects »
  • Throat irritation 14%
  • Bronchitis 7%
  • Headache 7%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 5%
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection 4%
  • Viral gastrointestinal infection 4%
  • Muscle injury 4%
  • Nausea and vomiting 4%
  • Fever 3%
  • Viral infection 3%
More Flovent side effects »
How it works
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Singulair (Montelukast) is a leukotriene inhibitor. It lowers inflammation in your lungs and nasal passages to prevent asthma and relieve allergies.Coming soon.Coming soon.Flonase (Fluticasone) is a nasal steroid. It works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and inflammation caused by allergies.Nasonex (Mometasone) is a topical steroid. It works directly where it's applied to help reduce swelling and inflammation in your nose.Qvar (Beclomethasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.Asmanex (Mometasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.Coming soon.Qvar (Beclomethasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.
Type of medication
SingulairCiclesonideflunisolideFlonaseNasonexQvarAsmanexflunisolideQvarFlovent
Anti-inflammatory
Leukotriene modifier
Prescription only
Coming soon.
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Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription or OTC
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Available as
SingulairCiclesonideflunisolideFlonaseNasonexQvarAsmanexflunisolideQvarFlovent
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Granule
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
  • Nasal spray
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
Used for (click to learn more)
SingulairCiclesonideflunisolideFlonaseNasonexQvarAsmanexflunisolideQvarFlovent
  • Allergic rhinitis Asthma
  • Asthma Perennial allergic rhinitis Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Asthma Perennial allergic rhinitis Seasonal allergic rhinitis
Risk factors for serious side effects
SingulairCiclesonideflunisolideFlonaseNasonexQvarAsmanexflunisolideQvarFlovent
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Other environmental triggers
    • Recent treatment with corticosteroid medication
    • Lowering dose of corticosteroid medication
    • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
    • History of liver disease including hepatitis
    • history of alcohol use
    • Other medications that cause liver injury
    Detailed Singulair (Montelukast) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
    SingulairCiclesonideflunisolideFlonaseNasonexQvarAsmanexflunisolideQvarFlovent
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    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
    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
    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
    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
    • There are reports of liver injury in people taking Singulair (Montelukast) mostly in combination with other factors such as drugs, alcohol, and liver disease. If you have any of these risk factors, your doctor will need to check your liver function periodically.
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    Food
    • Granules can be taken by mouth or dissolved in liquid or soft food.
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    Kidneys and liver
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    Sex
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    Sleep
    • Can cause behavior changes, agitation, aggression, and difficulty sleeping for some people.
    • Rare cases of behavior changes occur in adults and children taking Singulair (Montelukast). Symptoms range from irritability and memory problems to hallucinations and suicidal thinking. It is not clear if this is linked to history of these conditions. Get medical help immediately if you notice symptoms of agitation, aggression, sleep disturbance, or suicidal thoughts while taking Singulair (Montelukast).
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    Weight
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    Upsides and benefits
    SingulairCiclesonideflunisolideFlonaseNasonexQvarAsmanexflunisolideQvarFlovent
    • Prevents symptoms and improves lung function in children and adults with chronic asthma.
    • A single 10 mg dose improves exercise-induced asthma symptoms for up to 24 hours.
    • Fewer side effects compared to other asthma treatments.
    • Also relieves nasal allergy symptoms.
    • Effective pill alternative to corticosteroid inhalers.
    Coming soon.Coming soon.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    • 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.
    • Can be used as needed to help control symptoms in people age 13 years or older.
    • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
    • 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.
    • Can be used as needed to help control symptoms in people age 13 years or older.
    • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
    • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
    • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
    • Some people who take this medicine are able to stop other asthma medications or use their fast-acting (rescue) inhalers less often.
    • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
    • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
    • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
    • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
    • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
    • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
    • Available as both an inhaler and Diskus device.
    • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
    • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
    • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
    Downsides and risks
    SingulairCiclesonideflunisolideFlonaseNasonexQvarAsmanexflunisolideQvarFlovent
    • You have to use Montelukast every day to control your symptoms.
    • Somewhat less effective than corticosteroid inhalers for asthma.
    • There's no generic available, so it can be expensive.
    • Can cause behavior changes, agitation, aggression, and difficulty sleeping for some people.
    Coming soon.Coming soon.
    • Flonase (Fluticasone) doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left (each bottle has 120 sprays).
    • Needs to be primed (pressed/pumped until a fine spray appears) up to six times prior to using it for the first time, or if you haven't used it in 2 weeks.
    • Since the medicine in Flonase (Fluticasone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
    • Needs to be primed 10 times before it can be used, or re-primed if not used for more than 2 weeks.
    • Doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left (each bottle has 120 sprays).
    • Since the medicine in Nasonex (Mometasone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
    • You have to use Qvar every day to control your symptoms.
    • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
    • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
    • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
    • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
    Coming soon.
    • You have to use Qvar every day to control your symptoms.
    • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
    • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
    • You have to use Fluticasone every day to control your symptoms.
    • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
    • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    SingulairCiclesonideflunisolideFlonaseNasonexQvarAsmanexflunisolideQvarFlovent
    • Take it once a day to control asthma and allergy symptoms.
    • If you're using it for asthma or allergies, take it in the evening.
    • Use it 2 hours before exercising.
    • Granules can be taken by mouth or dissolved in liquid or soft food.
    • Doesn't treat sudden wheezing or asthma attacks once they start. Keep a fast-acting (rescue) inhaler with you.
    • The chewable tablets contain aspartame, so don't use them if you have a sensitivity to phenylalanine or phenylketones.
    Coming soon.Coming soon.
    • It can take several days for Flonase (Fluticasone) to start working fully.
    • Don't take more of it than was prescribed for you.
    • Blow your nose before using Flonase (Fluticasone).
    • Can cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside the nose and throat.
    • Can also cause a headache, sore throat, or nosebleeds.
    • Use Nasonex (Mometasone) 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 your 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.
    • Use daily to control your asthma symptoms.
    • Starts working the same day, but it can take up 1 to 2 weeks to feel the full effects.
    • Pump the inhaler 2 times before inhaling the first dose, or if it's been more than 10 days since your last dose.
    • Wait one minute between doses.
    • Rinse your mouth out with water after each use.
    • Clean the mouthpiece with dry cloth once a week.
    • Talk to your doctor if asthma symptoms don't get better.
    • Starts working the same day, but it can take 1 to 2 weeks to feel the full effects.
    • Replace the cap on the inhaler after each use to protect it from moisture.
    • Hold your breath for 10 seconds after inhaling the medication.
    • Contains lactose, so don't take if you have a milk protein allergy.
    • Use it every day to control your asthma symptoms.
    • Rinse your mouth out with water after each use.
    • Don't breathe out into the inhaler mouthpiece.
    • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
    Coming soon.
    • Use daily to control your asthma symptoms.
    • Starts working the same day, but it can take up 1 to 2 weeks to feel the full effects.
    • Pump the inhaler 2 times before inhaling the first dose, or if it's been more than 10 days since your last dose.
    • Wait one minute between doses.
    • Rinse your mouth out with water after each use.
    • Clean the mouthpiece with dry cloth once a week.
    • Talk to your doctor if asthma symptoms don't get better.
    • Can take 2 weeks or more to feel full effects.
    • Pump the inhaler 4 times before your first dose, or if it's been more than 7 days since your last dose.
    • Wait at least 1 minute between doses.
    • Rinse your out mouth with water after each use.
    • Hold your breath for 10 seconds after using Advair Diskus.
    • Diskus contains lactose, so don't use it if you're allergic to milk protein.
    • Use it every day to control your asthma symptoms.
    • Don't breathe out into the inhaler mouthpiece.
    • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
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