Update: Flonase Sensimist will be available February 2017. It has the same active ingredient as Veramyst (fluticasone furoate and in the same strength).
Flonase Sensimist is the latest nasal steroid to get approval to be sold over the counter (OTC). Previously available as prescription only, Flonase Sensimist is for the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis. Flonase Sensimist was previously known as Veramyst, the active ingredient is fluticasone furoate. Flonase Sensimist is the latest Rx to OTC switch from GSK. It also did it previously with Flonase, which is also available OTC.
Some of the advantages of Flonase Sensimist over just Flonase are.
- Approved for children aged 2 and above.
- Scent Free
- Alcohol Free
- Little or no drip
Flonase Sensimist will be available sometime in early 2017, possibly as early as February 2017.
Symptoms that it will be used to treat are, sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy nose and itchy, watery eyes.
Flonase Sensimist is essentially the same as Veramyst, but with a different name and that it is available over the counter now. When Veramyst came out, many patients liked that it didn’t have any smell or taste and that it didn’t drip in the back of the throat. You may ask is there any difference between Flonase Sensimist vs. Flonase? Efficacy wise, the answer is no. To date, there has never been a study showing one nasal steroid spray more efficacious than another one. Most patients prefer one than another because of possible less side effects.
Flonase Sensimist will be joining a crowded market for nasal steroid sprays that are sold over the counter, joining Flonase, Rhinocort, Clarispray and Nasocort. Other prescription nasal steroid sprays that are still available by prescription only are Nasonex, Qnasl, Zetonna and Dymista (it is a combination of Flonase and Astelin).
Nasal steroids are used a the first line indication to treat allergic rhinitis. Typical allergic triggers are tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen, dust mites, cat dander, dog dander and mold spores to name a few.
Besides using a nasal steroid spray, allergy sufferers can use oral antihistamines which are over the counter too. Typical ones used are Allegra, Zyrtec, Claritin and Benadryl. If all the over the counter remedies do not work, you should see an allergy specialist who can discuss other treatment options available, such as allergy shots or allergy drops. Visit your local allergy doctor if you have any questions regarding what is the best treatment option for you.