Comparing OTC Nasal Sprays for Allergy Relief

JULY 15, 2015
In the past, nasal steroid sprays for upper respiratory allergies were only available with a prescription. Now, there are multiple OTC options.

Here is a comparison of 2 such nasal sprays:

  Nasacort Allergy 24HR Flonase Allergy Relief

FDA OTC approval date
October 11, 2013 July 23, 2014
Approved OTC use Temporarily relieves symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies, including nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Temporarily relieves symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies, such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, and itchy, watery eyes.

Approved for patients aged
2 years or older 4 years or older

Once daily Once daily

Active ingredient
triamcinolone acetonide 55 mcg per spray fluticasone propionate 50 mcg per spray
Inactive ingredients benzalkonium chloride, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, dextrose, edetate disodium, hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide (for pH adjustment), microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, purified water benzalkonium chloride, dextrose, microcrystalline cellulose, phenylethylalcohol, polysorbate 80, purified water, sodium carboxymethylcellulose
How it's supplied 60- or 120-spray bottles
60- or 120-spray bottles

Scent-free Slight floral scent

Yamini Shah, PharmD
Yamini Shah, PharmD
Yamini Shah, PharmD, is a 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. She has held positions in a community pharmacy and with a pharmacy benefits manager. Her career experience includes drug information support, literature research and evaluation, and clinical content development and reviews.