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Medications for Allergic Rhinitis

Other names: Hay Fever; Nasal Allergies

What is Allergic Rhinitis:  A collection of symptoms, predominantly in the nose and eyes, that occur after exposure to airborne particles of dust or dander or to pollens of certain seasonal plants in people that are allergic to these substances (see also allergies; asthma; allergy to mold, dander, dust).

Medications to treat Allergic Rhinitis

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Zyrtec B N X 67 reviews
6.0

Generic name: cetirizine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Allegra C N 43 reviews
6.0

Generic name: fexofenadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
loratadine B N 41 reviews
5.0

Generic name: loratadine systemic

Brand names:  Claritin, Alavert, Allergy Relief 24 Hour, Allergy Relief Tablets, Bactimicina Allergy, Children's Allergy Relief 24 Hour, Children's Claritin Allergy, Claritin Reditabs, Clear-Atadine, ohm Allergy Relief, Tavist ND, Vicks QlearQuil All Day & All Night 24 Hour Allergy Relief, Wal-itin

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Flonase C N 38 reviews
6.0

Generic name: fluticasone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
cetirizine B N X 102 reviews
7.0

Generic name: cetirizine systemic

Brand names:  Zyrtec, Aller-Tec, All Day Allergy, All Day Allergy Children's, Aller-Tec Children's, Children's Allergy Relief

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Claritin B N 16 reviews
4.0

Generic name: loratadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
fluticasone C N 55 reviews
6.0

Generic name: fluticasone nasal

Brand names:  Flonase, Flonase Allergy Relief, Veramyst, Flonase Sensimist, Ticanase

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Singulair B N 50 reviews
6.0

Generic name: montelukast systemic

Drug class: leukotriene modifiers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Astelin C N X 12 reviews
9.0

Generic name: azelastine nasal

Drug class: nasal antihistamines and decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Nasonex C N 30 reviews
7.0

Generic name: mometasone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
fexofenadine C N 64 reviews
6.0

Generic name: fexofenadine systemic

Brand names:  Allegra, Allegra Allergy, Allegra ODT, Aller-Ease

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
montelukast B N 89 reviews
5.0

Generic name: montelukast systemic

Brand name:  Singulair

Drug class: leukotriene modifiers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Benadryl B N X 10 reviews
6.0

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Decadron C N 1 review
10

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Xyzal B N X 28 reviews
7.0

Generic name: levocetirizine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
azelastine C N X 58 reviews
7.0

Generic name: azelastine nasal

Brand name:  Astelin

Drug class: nasal antihistamines and decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
Nasacort C N 42 reviews
6.0

Generic name: triamcinolone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Clarinex C N 4 reviews
7.0

Generic name: desloratadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Dymista C N X 65 reviews
6.0

Generic name: azelastine / fluticasone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids, nasal antihistamines and decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Medrol C N Add review
10

Generic name: methylprednisolone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Allegra Allergy C N 6 reviews
2.0

Generic name: fexofenadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
diphenhydramine B N X 15 reviews
6.0

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Brand names:  Benadryl, Benadryl Allergy, Allermax, Banophen, Benadryl Children's Allergy, Complete Allergy Relief, Dicopanol, Diphedryl, Diphenhist, Dytuss, Q-Dryl, Quenalin, Scot-Tussin Allergy, Siladryl Allergy, Silphen Cough, Twilite, Valu-Dryl, Vanamine PD, Vicks QlearQuil Nighttime Allergy Relief

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Flonase Allergy Relief C N Add review Rate

Generic name: fluticasone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Phenergan C N X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: promethazine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines, phenothiazine antiemetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
prednisone C N 1 review
3.0

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
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Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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