The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
OTC Fluticasone Nasal Spray for Allergic Rhinitis
The full article is available to subscribers Subscriber Login   

The nasal spray formulation of the corticosteroid fluticasone propionate is now available over the counter (OTC) as Flonase Allergy Relief (GSK) in the same strength as the prescription product (Flonase, and generics) for patients ≥4 years old with seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis. It is the second corticosteroid nasal spray to become available OTC; triamcinolone acetonide (Nasacort Allergy 24HR) was the first.1 Unlike prescription Flonase, the OTC product is FDA-approved for reduction of ocular as well as nasal symptoms. Brand-name prescription Flonase has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

CLINICAL USE — Intranasal corticosteroids are the most effective drugs available for prevention and relief of seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms, including itching, sneezing, discharge, and congestion. They are also effective in reducing ... more      

The Medical Letter is a subscriber-funded nonprofit organization that publishes critical appraisals of new prescription drugs and comparative reviews of drugs for common diseases.

Would you like to read the rest of this article?  Gain access below.

Subscriptions to The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics include:
  • Print version published and mailed biweekly (26 issues/year)
  • Immediate Online access to current issue and archives from 1988 to the present
  • Mobile access to our mobile site and free apps for iOS, Android and Kindle
  • FREE online per issue CME/CE
Free trial offer
3 Free Issues of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics mailed to your home or office PLUS online access.
Try a Free Trial Subscription
Purchase this article:
Title: OTC Fluticasone Nasal Spray for Allergic Rhinitis
Article code: 1465d
 Electronic, downloadable article - $25