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About the same: Topical nasal steroids have about equal efficacy (activity) and safety. Flonase (fluticasone) and Nasonex (mometasone) are about the same. It depends on what your physician gets into the habit of using. Also some patients prefer one over the other because one of the two topical sprays is less irritating. There is little evidence that one is better than the other. ...Read more
Claritin (loratadine) d: This is a side effect of the decongestant in Claritin d. It is not an allergy. You can take plain Claritin and avoid the problem. For your nasal conestion i would try a saline nasal spray and if no help, ask your doctor for a prescription nasal spray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many choices: There are many excellent choices for antihistamines that are effective for treating hayfever. The new generation products work well and have few side effects. These include zyrtec (cetirizine), Allegra (fexofenadine), Claritin (loratadine), Clarinex (desloratadine) and xyzal (levocetirizine). The good news is that they are available without a prescription and most are available in several forms. ...Read more
Whichever works: for you would be the best to use, although it treats only one aspect of the disease, nasal itching and runny nose ,won't affect congestion, also during an allergy season you need to take it on regular, not on as needed basis, in the end if you are not controlled you need to see an allergist ...Read more
Is montilukast usually prescribed for non allergic rhinitis? does it work?or is it just for allergic types of rhinitis?
Anti inflammatory: Montelukast is a leukotreine inhibitor, one of many mediators for chronic inflammation, Rhinitis in general denotes inflammation, whether is it of allergic origin doesn't matter, that's why Montelukast is helpful too with asthma of any type and exercise induced asthma (a non-allergic condition), ...Read more