Compare Flonase vs. Beconase AQ

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

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Flonase (fluticasone)

Prescription or OTC
Relieves nasal allergy symptoms.

Flonase (fluticasone) is a good first-choice treatment for allergies of the nose, but long-term use can increase the risk of nosebleeds.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 890 reviewsforFlonase
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
  • Only need to use Flonase (fluticasone) once a day. Its effects can last for up to 24 hours.
  • Available over-the-counter and cheaper than many of its alternatives.
  • Highly effective treatment of allergy symptoms in the nose.
  • Flonase (fluticasone) gives you very little to no side effects since it's a nasal spray and doesn't expose the rest of your body to the medicine.
  • 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
  • Flonase (fluticasone) is not an appropriate medicine for people who have an injured nose or had a recent surgery in the nose.
  • Can slow down the growth rate in children.
  • Can increase the risk of bleeding and fungal infections in the nose.
  • Not recommended for those who are also taking other medicines that lower their ability to fight off infections.
  • 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
  • Nasal spray
  • Nasal spray
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Reviews
890 reviews so far
72%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
7%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Headache
    7%
  • Asthma-like symptoms
    7%
  • Sore throat
    6%
  • Nosebleed
    6%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    5%
  • Cough
    4%
  • Nasal burning/nasal irritation
    2%
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1possible side effects
  • Mild nose/throat irritation
    24%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Decreased growth rate in children
    • Children
    • Using the medicine for a long period of time
  • Effect on wound healing
    • People who had recent surgery or injury to the nose
  • Lowered ability to fight off infections
    • People who come into contact with others who have chickenpox, measles, or tuberculosis
    • People who have not received a vaccine for chickenpox, measles, or tuberculosis
  • Damage to nose
    • Using the medicine for a long period of time
  • Sinus infection
    • People who recently had the cold or flu
  • Increased risk of nosebleeds
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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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