In more news sure to make allergies a bit easier to deal with, another brand name nasal steroid is be be available in generic form by the summer of 2011. Generally speaking, when a medication is available in a generic form, the cost of that medication is typically lower -- sometimes dramatically lower -- than a similar brand name medication. Nasacort AQ, a nasal steroid spray used for the treatment of allergic rhinitis, will be available in its generic form, triamcinolone acetonide, by June 15, 2011. This medicine will still require a physician's prescription, as do other nasal steroids that have generic forms, such as Flonase (fluticasone propionate) and Nasarel (flunisolide).
Given the current state of the economy, allergy sufferers are likely to welcome the addition of generic medications to the market. Since many allergy medicines have been on the market for years, I expect to have many others become generic in the next couple of years. Some of these medications, such as oral antihistamines like Zyrtec and Claritin, have become available over-the-counter without a prescription. While this seems convienient at first glance, over-the-counter medicines are often not covered by insurance plans, which translates into more out-of-pocket costs to the consumer.