Compare Accolate vs. Flunisolide

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Controls asthma.

Although it's less effective than inhaled steroid medications for controlling asthma, Accolate (zafirlukast) has less side effects.

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Upsides
  • Can easily take as a tablet.
  • Relatively well tolerated. Serious side effects are rare.
  • Available in affordable generic form.
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Downsides
  • Not a first-choice medicine to control asthma.
  • People with liver problems should not take Accolate (zafirlukast).
  • Must take twice a day compared to Singulair which is only once a day.
  • Only for children 5 or older and adults.
  • You have to store Accolate (zafirlukast) in its original bottle.
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Used for
  • Asthma Perennial allergic rhinitis Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Eosinophilic nonallergic rhinitis Sinusitis
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Price
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Side effects
14possible side effects
  • Headache
    13%
  • Infection
    4%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Generalized pain
    2%
  • Weakness
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Accidental injury
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Muscle pain
    2%
  • Fever
    2%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Elevated liver enzymes
    2%
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The Aerospan (Flunisolide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Liver damage
    • Liver disease
  • Not for sudden asthma attack
  • Behavior changes
    • Mental health history
  • Low white blood cells
    • Tapering or discontinuing steroids
  • Increased bleeding risk
    • Antiplatelets
    • Anticoagulation
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