Nasonex Over the Counter for Allergy Treatment
Good news if you’re looking for another option for treating troublesome allergy symptoms: Nasonex, which was previously prescription only, is now available over-the-counter. (OTC)
Can Nasonex Be Bought Over the Counter?
Yes. Merck, the company that manufactures Nasonex, has entered into an agreement with Perrigo Company to now make Nasonex OTC.
The agreement means Perrigo received federal regulatory approval for a non-prescription version, called Nasonex OTC Nasal Spray. This will give patients an additional choice when selecting a nasal spray to relieve allergy symptoms.
What Is the Perrigo Company?
Perrigo Company, established in 1887, is a global health care company. It’s one of the world’s largest producers of over-the-counter medicines, which it distributes throughout the U.S. and Europe.
In an earlier press release announcing the arrangement, Perrigo President and CEO Uwe Roehrhoff commented, “We are excited to enter into this agreement with Merck & Co. This announcement exemplifies inorganic opportunities to expand the OTC self-care market while enhancing long-term growth in our U.S. consumer business. Perrigo is well positioned to provide quality affordable healthcare solutions to patients and families.”
What is Nasonex OTC?
Nasonex OTC is a nasal steroid spray. These sprays treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. These medications help relieve allergy symptoms such as:
- Itchy nose
- Runny nose
Who Can Take Nasonex OTC?
In general, if you are healthy and over the age of two, you should be able to take Nasonex. However, we encourage you to speak with one of our ear, nose and throat doctors before giving any over-the-counter allergy medicine to children. We realize that children are not just “little adults,” and sometimes treatment requires a specialized plan tailored to their needs.
We also urge caution if you are going to be using it on a long-term basis or if you’re pregnant or nursing. You should speak to one of our physicians who have extensive experience in treating all aspects of seasonal and chronic allergies.
Does Nasonex Have Any Side Effects?
Typically, our patients have successfully used Nasonex OTC with minimal side effects, however it is possible—as it is with any medication—for you to have side effects.
While not all of these side effects may occur, some of the most common include:
- Viral infections (colds)
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
Are There Other Products Similar to Nasonex?
Some other nasal steroid sprays that are available over the counter are Flonase, Veramyst, Nasacort and Rhinocort.
Which Spray Should I Use to Relieve My Symptoms?
We don’t believe there is a “one-size-fits-all” approach to allergy treatment. You should speak with our experienced ENT physicians so we can review your history and help you determine which is right for you.
Questions About Which Nasal Spray is Right for You? We Have the Answers
For more than 40 years, Raleigh Capitol ENT physicians have served residents in the Triangle area with additional locations in Garner, Wake Forest, Cary and Holly Springs as well as several offices in Raleigh.
We understand that everyone experiences allergies differently. There is no “one size fits all” treatment, and while some receive the benefits they need from nasal spray, others may need treatment such as immunotherapy.
We invite you to see why we are the provider of choice for the Raleigh area. Scheduling an appointment is easy. Simply contact us today.