Compare Astepro vs. Claritin

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Astepro (azelastine)

Prescription only

Claritin (loratadine)

Prescription or OTC
Relieves nasal allergy symptoms.

Astepro (azelastine) is an antihistamine nasal spray that can help with allergy or nasal symptoms.

Treats allergies.

Claritin (loratadine) is a once-daily medicine for allergies that won't make you as sleepy as other medicines that work like it.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1517 reviewsforClaritin
Upsides
  • Astepro (azelastine) is good for relieving nasal symptoms during allergy season.
  • Since Astepro (azelastine) goes in the nose, it's unlikely you'll get side effects anywhere else in your body.
  • Astepro (azelastine) works faster than steroid nasal sprays and can be used as needed.
  • People usually tolerate Astepro (azelastine) well since there are few side effects.
  • It doesn't cause daytime drowsiness unlike other antihistamines.
  • Side-effects are mild, if any at all.
  • Available over-the-counter without a prescription.
  • It provides quick relief of allergy symptoms for both children and adults.
  • It doesn't interfere with how a lot of other medicines work.
Downsides
  • Astepro (azelastine) has 200 sprays, but no counter to help keep track of sprays.
  • It can cause a bitter taste in your mouth.
  • It's not the best choice if you have persistent, daily allergy symptoms.
  • It's not recommended for children less than 2 years old.
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Dosage forms
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews
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1517 reviews so far
74%
saidit'sworth it
38%
saiditworked well
6%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Bitter Taste
    8%
  • Nose discomfort
    4%
  • Nosebleeds
    2%
  • Headache
    2%
  • Fatigue
    2%
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19possible side effects
  • Headache
    12%
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Nervousness or anxiety
    4%
  • Wheezing
    4%
  • Tiredness
    4%
  • Rash
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Mouth or tongue irritation
    3%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Hyperactive behavior
    3%
  • Ear pain
    3%
  • Bloody nose
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    3%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Pink eye
    2%
  • Lung infections
    2%
  • Difficulty speaking
    2%
  • Feeling uneasy or uncomfortable
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Difficulty concentrating
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
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  • Difficulty concentrating
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Excess phenylalanine
    • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
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