Many of your patients have been using oral antihistamines (OAHs) for years, but they continue to suffer with allergic rhinitis (AR), or are looking for something more. These sufferers of moderate to severe nasal allergies may find relief with Nasacort Allergy 24HR, the first over-the-counter intranasal steroid (INS). But your patients may not fully understand the difference between these 2 separate classes of drugs. To differentiate how OAHs work compared to INSs, it may help your patient to understand the relationship between allergic rhinitis and inflammation.
Antihistamines only target the early-phase response. Nasacort Allergy 24HR targets both the early- and late-phase responses.
Watch this video as pharmacist Lana Borno, PharmD, and allergist Morris Nejat, MD, discuss Nasacort and AR.
As you've seen in your practice, efficacy matters to your allergic rhinitis patients, who get worn down by bothersome symptoms. And when it comes to efficacy, nothing is better than an INS.
According to the latest medical guidelines,1 intranasal steroids like Nasacort Allergy 24HR are the most effective class of allergy medication. They have a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that stops your patients' worst nasal allergy symptoms, even congestion.
For patients who want efficacy for mild to moderate allergic rhinitis symptoms, and who don't suffer from nasal congestion, an oral antihistamine is a good choice for treating the early stage of the allergic cascade. For treating the full range of nasal allergy symptoms, or for patients with moderate to severe allergic rhinitis, an INS is recommended because of its powerful efficacy.
Reference: 1. Wallace DV, Dykewicz MS, Bernstein DI, et al; Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The diagnosis and management of rhinitis: an updated practice parameter. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008;122( pl 2):S1-S84.