Claritin vs. Flonase

Are Claritin and Flonase the Same Thing?

Claritin (loratadine) and Flonase (fluticasone) are used to treat allergy symptoms such as itching, sneezing, and runny nose.

Claritin is also used to treat allergic skin rashes.

Flonase is also used to treat nasal symptoms such as runny nose not caused by allergies.

Claritin and Flonase belong to different drug classes. Claritin is an antihistamine and Flonase is a corticosteroid.

Both Claritin and Flonase are available over-the-counter (OTC) and as a generic.

Claritin is taken orally in tablet or liquid form, while Flonase is a nasal spray.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Claritin?

Common side effects of Claritin include:

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Claritin including fast or uneven heart rate, feeling like you might pass out, jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes), or seizures (convulsions).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Flonase?

Common side effects of Flonase include:

What is Claritin?

Claritin (loratadine) is an antihistamine used to treat allergy symptoms. Claritin blocks the action of histamine, a substance in the body that initiates allergic symptoms like itching, sneezing, runny nose, and allergic skin rashes. Claritin is available as a generic drug.

What is Flonase?

Flonase (fluticasone) is a synthetic steroid of the glucocorticoid family of drugs and is prescribed for the control of symptoms of allergic and non-allergic rhinitis.

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What Drugs Interact With Claritin?

Claritin may interact with certain antibiotics, antifungal medications, and acid-reducing drugs.

What Drugs Interact With Flonase?

Drug interactions and warnings include Norvir (ritonavir) and Nizoral (ketoconazole). Taking either one of these drugs with Flonase may increase the blood concentrations of Flonase and potentially increase its side effects.

How Should Claritin Be Taken?

Claritin is available as a 10 mg tablet, a 5 or 10 mg rapidly-disintegrating tablet, a 10 mg chewable tablet, and a syrup (5 mg per 5 ml). Claritin is taken once a day. Drug interactions may occur with certain antibiotics, antifungal medications, and acid-reducing drugs. Warnings may apply to individuals who have asthma, kidney disease, or liver disease. People who have phenylketonuria (PKU) should avoid certain brands of orally disintegrating tablets that may contain aspartame. Claritin is generally avoided during pregnancy and nursing. Pregnant women may take Claritin only if it is clearly needed. Nursing mothers should consult their doctor before breastfeeding. Claritin should not be used in children younger than 6 years of age unless directed by a doctor. Chewable tablets should not be used in children younger than 2 years of age unless directed by a pediatric doctor.

How Should Flonase Be Taken?

The recommended starting dosage of Flonase in adults is 2 sprays (50 mcg of fluticasone propionate each) in each nostril once daily (total daily dose, 200 mcg).

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References

Bayer. Claritin Product Information.
https://www.claritin.com
GSK. Flonase Product Information.
https://www.flonase.com

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