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Nasonex Not Working
Is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) when you're already taking prednisone, ventolin, hydroxyz, atrovent, flovent, and fluticasone propionate? Would it work?
Yes: The Claritin (loratadine) fills a nitch that is not fully addressed by the other medications you list and should be compadible with all of them.It will work as an antihistamine.Whether you can detect an improvement in symptoms given the other things you are treating is hard to say. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I currently use rhinocort aqua for nasal allergies, it is so expensive, and nasonex (mometasone) doesn't work for me. Any other options?
Rhinitis: Flonase is used to treat sinus and nasal inflammation. Nasal steroid sprays work best when used every day. You may find that another steroid spray works better for you than flonase. Other treatments include otc saline sinus rinse, oral antihistamines e g Loratadine or fexofenadine, and nasal antihistamine sprays. You may see a doctor for allergy testing and to rule out / treat sinus infection. ...Read more
Allergies: Allegra (fexofenadine) and other antihistamines work up to a certain point and do not cure allergies, just control the symptoms. Some patients need more than one medication to control their allergies and some no longer respond to meds. Shots from a board certified allergist can provide you long term relief and decrease your dependence on medications and can potentially cure you. ...Read more
Careful evaluation: If antidepressants are not working the first thing to do is to make sure that you are not dealing with one of the kinds of depression that doesn't respond to antidepressants (for instance, paranoid depression, or bipolar depression, etcetera). Also you want to be absolutely sure that there is not a medical disease that is causing or worsening your symptoms. ...Read more
My doctor told me not to take antihistamines before allergy test but I've been taking nasonex (mometasone) and Otrivin decongestant is that ok?
Okay: A number of medications should be discontinued prior to allergy skin testing. Steroid nasal sprays like nasonex (mometasone) may be continued. Otrivine is a nasal decongestant which should only be used for temporary relief of symptoms may be continued. Escitalopram and inhalers and nebulizers may be continued. ...Read more
Technically yes: Fluticasone proprionate just as likely. Hope it works on the openings of the eustachian tubes back of throat. But might find nasal or oral decongestants pop them open better. But only use nasal decongestants a couple days. Sadly often need to call doc for prednisone. ETD can last weeks, months tho. Jus' sayin'. Sorry. Don't shoot the messenger ...Read more
Zyrtec vs claritin (loratadine): Loratidine (claritin) is the most ineffective antihistamine ever approved for market. Its effect is weak and can take a long time to work. Zyrtec is stronger but a little more sedating, 13% vs 8% (loratidine). It can be taken alone or in combination with loratidine or fexofenadine. The latter is the least sedating of the three and about as potent as cetirizine. ...Read more
My pollen allergies are killing me. I'm taking Claritin (loratadine) but its not working well what else can I take that is non drowsy?
Get evaluated: There are many causes for sleep problems but medical causes need to be ruled out, please see your pcp. Once that's cleared, sleep hygiene; sleep on the same time and get up at the same time, no caffeine or exercise or food two to three hours before sleep. One needs to think about anxiety or mood disorders evaluation too. Start with your pcp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rhinitis( swollen nasal passages). Oral steroids( medrol dose pack did not help much. Will nasal steroids not work then if oral ones did not help much?
I am taking nasonex (mometasone) my insurance won't cover that any longer they suggest Nasacort AQ or fluticasone or flunisolide. Can I switch and to which one?
YES: Anyone of the above will be okay. ...Read more
Stop it: You don't need to taper it, you can just stop it, but before you do, you need to consult with the doctor who prescribed it, you may need it long term if you are suffering from year round nasal problems. ...Read more
Lots of options: Please talk with your doctor that is prescribing the medication. There are several other medications used to treat anxiety, and it is often trial and error to determine what works best for you. Taking care of other health concerns, getting adequate rest , exercise and good nutrition always helps to optimize your medical care as well. ...Read more
Maybe: Your doctor needs to sort this out. Go in for re-evaluation. ...Read more