October 20, 2016
Nasal steroid sprays (also called intranasal glucocorticoid sprays) are effective for stuffy nose and itchy eyes related to allergies. Post nasal drip symptoms—chronic cough, hoarse voice and dripping down the back of your throat—are easily remedied with steroid nasal sprays.
If you’re pregnant though, you may wonder if they’re safe to use. Well, recent reassuring studies have shown us that nasal steroid sprays are safe to use during pregnancy for mild to moderate symptoms related to allergies. See More
July 27, 2016
Do your ears feel like they’re under water, or plugged? Often related to allergies or upper respiratory infection, eustachian tube dysfunction is a common cause of congested ears and brings many of you to the doctor. While you are waiting to get an appointment, there are some good non-prescription options you can start off with.
So what’s happening, why and what can you do about it?
Why do my ears feel like I’m under water?
The eustachian tube runs from the middle ear, the air filled chamber, to the back of your nose. See More
October 15, 2015
As of September 15, 2015 Merck announced that its steroid nasal spray, Nasonex (mometasone furoate), will be out of stock for the next few months.
Nasonex is only available as a brand-name product. Since no other brand or generic manufacturers are currently allowed to make it, the shortage will almost definitely affect you if you take Nasonex.
What is the reason for the backorder?
The manufacturer has stated that the shortage is due to a manufacturing issue. See More
July 15, 2015
With all the flowers and trees blooming this spring and summer, seasonal allergies are at their peak as well. Whether you experience allergic symptoms every year around this time, or if this is your first year, you already know they can be quite a nuisance!
Trees, weeds, grasses, or blooming flowers can release pollen into the air, which in turn can cause hay fever. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis are fancy terms for your typical seasonal allergy symptoms. See More
March 11, 2015
Post-nasal drip has a new name: upper airway cough syndrome or UACS. If you have a cough that won’t go away, along with nasal congestion, “dripping” mucus down the back of your throat, the sensation that you need to clear your throat, a hoarse voice, or if you wake up in the morning with “gunk” in the back of your throat . . . this may be you.
This very common cause of a cough that won’t go away, upper airway cough syndrome, can be allergic or nonallergic and may be related to a sinusitis. See More
November 26, 2014
You may have noticed more medications available in the store that used to require a prescription—and the newest prescription med to make the switch is Flonase (fluticasone propionate) allergy relief nasal spray.
It is important to know that before the status any medication can be changed from prescription-only to OTC, the FDA requires an evaluation for both safety and efficacy. Some other medications that have recently made the jump to OTC include Oxytrol for Women, Nasacort Allergy, and Plan B One-Step, and there are many more out there that used to require a prescription as well. See More
July 15, 2014
Veramyst and Flonase sound nothing alike at first—but if you take a look at their active ingredients, this is where some people run into confusion. These medications treat the same condition, allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies or hay fever), but are available in different strengths, have different salt forms, and are indicated to treat different ages.
What is allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis (or hay fever) is your body’s allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens such as pollen, grass, mold, dust, or pet dander. See More
June 13, 2014
When the sun finally comes out and the weather starts to change, you can tell that summer is nearby. It’s a great time to spend more time outside, but you may be more prone to summertime illnesses and injuries like allergies, insect bites, sunburns, rashes, cuts and scrapes, dehydration, and asthma. Here are some things to watch out for:
It can sometimes be difficult to do outdoor activities in the hot summer sun even if you don’t have asthma or breathing problems—if you do have asthma, you’ll want to be extra careful. See More
May 12, 2014
No, and it looks like it won’t be. Here are the reasons a panel of experts just voted to tell the FDA not to allow Singulair to be sold without a prescription. Singulair, now available as the generic montelukast, is a popular and effective allergy medication also used in asthmatics who have allergies. It is a leukotriene receptor antagonist which works differently than the other allergy meds (the non-sedating antihistamines like Claritin, Allegra or Zyrtec). See More
May 06, 2014
Manufacturer Ranbaxy has issued a voluntary recall for over 29,000 packages of its over-the-counter allergy med loratadine/pseudoephedrine (generic for Claritin-D). The recall is due to an unacceptable number of defects in the blister packaging of the tablets.
The generic is distributed under several different names and store brands (including CVS, Kroger, Discount Drug Mart, Sunmark, Rite Aid, Good Neighbor, and H-E-B)—you can find a complete list here. See More