Compare Nasacort AQ vs. Nyquil Cold And Flu
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is the only medication in its class available over the counter for treating stuffy and runny nose due to allergies. You have to use it every day for it to work.
Nyquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Doxylamine) is a useful combination medicine that relieves cold and flu symptoms and will help you sleep. Make sure you really need all of its ingredients.
- Available over the counter without a prescription.
- 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.
- Nyquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Doxylamine) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold symptoms. It's good to use if you have watery eyes, a cough, fever, and pain.
- The cough medicine (dextromethorphan) works well and has very few side effects.
- The pain reliever (acetaminophen) is easier on your stomach and has fewer drug interactions than other pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
- The antihistamine (doxylamine) will help you sleep.
- Can't be used on as-needed basis. Must be taken every day.
- Doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left.
- Since the medicine in Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
- Needs to be primed before use and re-primed if not used for more than 2 weeks.
- If you don't really need all of the medications in this combination, you're taking extra medicine and might have extra side effects for no reason.
- You shouldn't use it if you have high blood pressure.
- To avoid hurting your liver, you have to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen (APAP) you're taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold/flu combination medicines.
- Nasal spray
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- Changes in the nasal septum
- Long-term use
- Decreased wound healing
- Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
- Reduced immune system
- Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)
- Exposure to tuberculosis
- Glaucoma and cataracts
- Long-term use
- Adrenal suppression
- Switching from oral or injectable steroids to inhaled, especially if used long term
- Using other inhaled steroids with Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)
- Decrease in growth in children and teenagers
- Long-term use
- Taking more than recommended dose
- Liver damage
- Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
- Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
- History of liver disease
- Serotonin syndrome
- Using other medications that affect serotonin
- Driving impairment
- Taking with alcohol
- Taking with other medicines that make you less alert
- Antihistamine side effects
- Age 65 years or older
- Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)