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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 22, 2018
Snoring is extremely common and 70% of folks with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) snore. On the other hand, those who suffer from snoring do not necessarily have OSA. Snoring is caused by the vibration of soft tissues obstructing the throat during sleep.
Patients and their partners often seek help from their doctor with the primary complaint of snoring. Remember, if you have significant obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) wearing a nighttime CPAP device is the solution. 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
Elizabeth Davis - April 10, 2015
As you may know from experience, or from one of our previous articles on changes in coverage in 2014 or 2015, it’s typical for prescription benefit managers (PBMs) to exclude medications from their national preferred formularies each year. These may be brands that have generics available, or generally expensive medications where your plan feels a cheaper alternative may work just as well.
It’s less likely that existing drugs will be added back to the preferred formulary (or at least removed from the exclusion list), but that happened this year in several cases for Express Scripts and Caremark—two major PBMs. 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 - 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 29, 2013
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2014. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing almost 50 brands from their formularies at the end of 2013. More information is below.
What are Express Scripts and Caremark?
Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More
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