Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 23, 2018
Nasal allergy sprays treat stuffy noses and itchy eyes related to allergies. If you’re pregnant though, you may wonder if they’re safe to use. Recent studies have shown us that nasal steroid sprays are safe to use during pregnancy for mild to moderate allergy symptoms. However, not all nasal sprays are safe during pregnancy. Here’s what you need to know.
How do we know nasal steroid sprays are safe during pregnancy?
Commonly used steroid nasal sprays (also called intranasal glucocorticoid sprays) include Flonase (fluticasone propionate), Nasacort AQ (triamcinolone), Nasonex (mometasone), Omnaris (ciclesonide), Rhinocort Aqua (budesonide) and Veramyst (fluticasone furoate). See More
Benita Lee - May 08, 2018
This is shaping up to be an especially tough year for people with allergies. With all the choices for allergy medications out there, how do you make sure you’re prepared with the best one? Here are three questions you should ask before popping that next allergy pill.
1. How long do my allergy symptoms last?
Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is caused by environmental allergens like pollen in the air. Symptoms include itching, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. See More
Roni Shye - September 08, 2016
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 Veramyst allergy relief nasal spray.
The status change for Veramyst was approved by the FDA on August 2nd, 2016. Veramyst is used mainly for the treatment of symptoms associated with seasonal and perennial allergies (rhinitis). It will be sold over-the-counter as Flonase Sensimist. See More
Roni Shye - October 30, 2015
Over the past several years many medications that once required a prescription can now easily be obtained in the aisles of your pharmacy or grocery store. You may be familiar with allergy meds like Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra, or heartburn drugs like Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium. All are now available exclusively over-the-counter, or have both OTC and prescription versions.
This is great for you in many ways. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - 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
Roni Shye - September 29, 2014
As 2014 comes to a close, we should be thinking about what to expect for 2015. The start of a new year is a time for new challenges, new goals, and inevitably, a new prescription formulary.
What does this mean for you?
Express Scripts and Caremark have decided to remove certain ear, nose, and throat (ENT) drugs for allergies and ear infections from their national preferred formulary and have provided a list of covered alternatives. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 04, 2014
The most effective single therapy for people with nasal congestion and runny nose from allergies is a steroid (glucocorticoid) nasal spray. There are many options out there, new and old, but here are 10 things that may surprise you:
1. Do they work? Intranasal glucocorticoids are currently the most effective single maintenance therapy for allergic rhinitis and cause few side effects at the recommended doses. See More
Roni Shye - April 10, 2014
Recently, you may have noticed several medications available in the store aisles that used to require a prescription. A few drugs have made the jump from prescription-only to being sold over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription, with Nexium as the newest (and a very exciting) example.
The status change for Nexium 20 mg capsules was approved by the FDA on March 28th, 2014. Nexium is used mainly for the treatment of gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD), better known as acid reflux or heartburn. See More
Roni Shye - November 26, 2013
Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year.
We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture of your options. Listed below are some changes to the coverage of steroid nasal sprays for allergy symptoms from each formulary that might affect you:
Caremark and Express Scripts
Elizabeth Davis - October 14, 2013
Nasacort Allergy was approved by the FDA last week for the over-the-counter treatment of nasal allergy symptoms. It is the first steroid nasal spray to become available over the counter in the US, so this is could be good news if you use any of the other similar sprays available, especially expensive brands with no generic like Nasonex, Veramyst, or Rhinocort Aqua.
The new OTC Nasacort should hit the market sometime next spring, according to an estimate from the manufacturer. See More