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Medications for Allergic Rhinitis

Other names: Hay Fever; Nasal Allergies

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).

Drugs used 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 Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
montelukast 5.2 181 reviews
Rx B N

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

cetirizine 5.7 166 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

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 …show all

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

azelastine 7.0 131 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: azelastine nasal

Brand names:  Astelin, Astepro

Drug class: nasal antihistamines and decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

azelastine / fluticasone 5.7 118 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: azelastine / fluticasone nasal

Brand name:  Dymista

Drug class: nasal steroids, nasal antihistamines and decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

fluticasone 4.9 117 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: fluticasone nasal

Brand names:  Flonase, Flonase Allergy Relief, Flonase Sensimist, Ticanase …show all

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Dymista 5.7 116 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: azelastine / fluticasone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids, nasal antihistamines and decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Zyrtec 5.4 112 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: cetirizine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

fexofenadine 5.9 99 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: fexofenadine systemic

Brand names:  Allegra, Allegra Allergy, Allegra ODT, Aller-Ease, Mucinex Allergy …show all

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

triamcinolone 5.9 84 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: triamcinolone nasal

Brand name:  Nasacort Allergy 24HR

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Singulair 6.2 78 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: montelukast systemic

Drug class: leukotriene modifiers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Flonase 5.1 70 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: fluticasone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

loratadine 5.4 70 reviews
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine systemic

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

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Allegra 6.1 58 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: fexofenadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

mometasone 6.1 57 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: mometasone nasal

Brand name:  Nasonex

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

fexofenadine / pseudoephedrine 6.8 53 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: fexofenadine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Allegra-D 12 Hour, Allegra-D 24 Hour

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

levocetirizine 6.5 52 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: levocetirizine systemic

Brand name:  Xyzal

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Nasonex 6.3 47 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: mometasone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Xyzal 6.3 46 reviews
Rx B N X

Generic name: levocetirizine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

loratadine / pseudoephedrine 3.8 32 reviews
OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Claritin-D, Claritin-D 24 Hour, Loratadine-D 24 Hour, Claritin-D 12 Hour, Alavert D-12 Hour Allergy and Sinus, Leader Allergy Relief D-24, Loratadine-D 12 Hour …show all

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

beclomethasone 7.5 30 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: beclomethasone nasal

Brand names:  QNASL, Beconase AQ

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Allegra-D 24 Hour 6.4 29 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: fexofenadine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Claritin 4.3 29 reviews
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

methylprednisolone 5.4 29 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: methylprednisolone systemic

Brand names:  Medrol, Medrol Dosepak, MethylPREDNISolone Dose Pack, Solu-Medrol, Depo-Medrol …show all

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

QNASL 7.5 22 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: beclomethasone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Claritin-D 3.7 21 reviews
OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
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 (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
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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