Compare Claritin vs. Beconase AQ

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Claritin (loratadine)

Prescription or OTC
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
Relieves nasal allergy symptoms .

Beconase AQ (beclomethasone) is a strong steroidal nasal spray that is very effective at relieving nasal allergy symptoms, but is only available as brand so it may be expensive.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Beconase AQ (beclomethasone) is very strong and can be used in children as young as 6 years old.
  • Since it's used directly where the inflammation is happening, Beconase AQ (beclomethasone) has fewer side effects than oral steroids do and has a lower chance of causing withdrawal symptoms once the medication is stopped.
  • Beconase AQ (beclomethasone) doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy unlike other anti-allergy medications.
Downsides
  • It's not the best choice if you have persistent, daily allergy symptoms.
  • It's not recommended for children less than 2 years old.
  • Beconase AQ (beclomethasone) needs to be used daily to work instead of on an as needed basis.
  • Beconase AQ (beclomethasone) doesn't have a dose counter to help you keep track of the number of sprays left in the bottle.
  • Unlike anti-allergy pills, Beconase AQ (beclomethasone) only works on nasal symptoms and not other allergic symptoms such as watery and itchy eyes.
  • May not be a good choice if you've recently had surgery on your nose.
  • Beconase AQ (beclomethasone) is available only as an expensive brand name prescription product.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Nasal spray
Price
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Reviews
1517 reviews so far
74%
saidit'sworth it
38%
saiditworked well
6%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
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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1possible side effects
  • Mild nose/throat irritation
    24%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Difficulty concentrating
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Excess phenylalanine
    • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
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  • Thrush in the nose and throat
    • Long-term use
  • Changes in the nasal septum
    • Long-term use
  • Decreased wound healing
    • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
  • Immune suppression
    • Long-term use
    • Untreated infections
    • Exposure to infectious diseases such as chickenpox and tuberculosis
  • Glaucoma and cataracts
    • Long-term use
    • History of glaucoma or cataracts
  • Adrenal insufficiency
    • Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
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