Nasacort and Flonase are two common allergy medications available over the counter and through doctor’s prescription. They both are equally safe, well-tolerated and effective for the treatment of allergies. But what’s the main difference them? Does this question come down to personal opinion, availability or price?
To start with, Nasacort and Flonase are two corticosteroid drugs that help to reduce inflammation during an allergy attack. There are many over-the-counter options available for getting rid of allergies but these two are considered as the best one. But what’s similar and different between them?
Keep moving forward to know the dissimilarities and similarities between them. These two medications are considered as drugs to treat allergic rhinitis symptoms. Its symptoms cause inflammation under the lining of the nose. Consequently, causing itchy, runny and dry nose. The symptoms that these two medications treat might be perennial or seasonal.
The key difference between both of them is that Flonase can also treat eye symptoms that occurred due to allergies. The eye symptoms of allergy might include itchy and watery eyes.
What Is Nasacort?
Nasacort is a saline nasal spray that is used to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis such as sneezing, coughing, itchiness, puffiness. While it is largely available in its generic form but many people prefer to use Nasacort saline nasal spray.
Side Effects of Nasacort-Nasal Decongestant Spray
Here are some possible side effects of the nasal decongestant spray by Nasacort:
• Sore throat.
• Dryness of throat/irritation.
• Burning in the nose.
• Nose bleeding.
• Watery eyes.
• Pungent smell.
• Stuffy nose.
Side Effects of Flonase
Here are some common side effects of Flonase:
• Menstrual problems.
• Sinus pain.
• Less interest in sex.
• Back pain.
• White patches on the tongue.
Cost, Insurance and Availability
Nasacort and Flonase are available in almost all the pharmacies. They both do not cover insurance as they are available over the counter, although, Flonase is a prescription drug and they must be covered by medical insurance plans.
What Drugs Interact with Flonase?
The drugs that interact with Flonase are Nizoral and Norvir. Taking both medications, Flonase and either of them would increase the Flonase concentration in the blood. Hence, increasing its side effects as well.
What Drugs Interact with Nasacort?
Nasacort saline nasal spray might interact with cyclosporine, tacrolimus, cancer medication and other steroids.
How to Take Flonase?
The recommended use of Flonase is at least 2 sprays in each nostril, once daily. This should make a total dose of about 200 mcg.
How to Take Nasacort?
The starting daily dose of an adult should be about 220 mcg in each nostril daily. It is equal to about two sprays in each nostril daily. When the symptoms start to disappear, reduce the amount to 110 mcg.
For children, the recommended dose is 110 mcg, which is one spray in each nostril, daily.