We’ve got help for your springtime allergies!
Updated: Jun 15
Ah, springtime. Longer days and warmer temperatures. Grass getting green and flowers poking out of the ground. All of this adds up to great enjoyment but can also add up to miserable allergies. You know what I mean – runny nose, itchy red eyes, sneezing for months. What are your medication options to help enjoy spring and treat your uncomfortable symptoms?
At Summers Pharmacy, we have the solutions for you.
You Have OTC Options
Over the past few years, many allergy medications previously available by prescription only have gone to over-the-counter (OTC). Tablets like Zyrtec (cetirizine), Allegra (fexofenadine), Claritin/Alavert (loratadine), and Xyzal (levocetirizine) plus Flonase (fluticasone) nasal spray are just a few of the options now available without a prescription. Since each option treats different symptoms and has different advantages, we recommend that you speak with one of our pharmacists before buying something. Sometimes OTC drugs can interact with other medications that you take, so we will want to discuss what prescriptions you are on to make sure you find the safest option.
Consulting Early Is Key
Another good reason to consult with our pharmacists before making your purchase is that we can help you find the least expensive option. In some cases, it is less expensive to purchase the same medication as a prescription rather than the OTC version. For example, let’s take a look at Flonase; at Summers we sell generic Flonase OTC for $18.39. The same medication is on many insurance formularies and could be less expensive as a prescription. This is not true in all cases, but we are happy to help you find the most cost effective way for you to make your purchase. Additionally, dosages by prescription are sometimes stronger than the OTC version. Cortizone OTC used to treat rash and itching comes in 1% strength, whereas the prescription strength is 2.5%. Speaking with our pharmacists first can help you decide which strength is best for you.
Summers Pharmacy Is Here For You
At Summers Pharmacy, we want you to enjoy this spring along with the other seasons. Stop in today and see us or set up a private consult to help find the right option for your seasonal allergies