Compare Nasacort AQ vs. Qvar

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Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone)

Prescription or OTC

Qvar (Beclomethasone)

Prescription only
Relieves allergy symptoms.

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.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 328 reviewsforNasacort AQ
Prevents breathing problems.

Qvar (Beclomethasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 35 reviewsforQvar
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
  • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
  • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • You have to use Qvar every day to control your symptoms.
  • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
  • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
  • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
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Dosage forms
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Price
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Reviews
328 reviews so far
67%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
10%
saidit'sa big hassle

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35 reviews so far
34%
saidit'sworth it
29%
saiditworked well
26%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Nasacort Aq (Triamcinolone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
2possible side effects
  • Dysmenorrhea
    3%
  • Coughing
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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
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  • Adrenal suppression (HPA axis suppression)
    • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
    • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Increased risk for bacterial and viral infection
    • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
    • Long-term treatment
    • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Higher dose of Qvar (Beclomethasone)
  • Difficulty breathing (bronchospasm)
  • Reduced growth rate in children
    • Dose of Qvar (Beclomethasone)
    • Duration of treatment
  • Eye problems
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
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