GlaxoSmithKline said Tuesday that Children’s Flonase is approved to offer non-drowsy relief of allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose and congestion, as well as itchy, watery eyes.
Available in stores nationwide in the children’s allergy section, Children’s Flonase is a safe, non-habit-forming way for children ages 4 and older to get relief from their nose- and eye-related allergy symptoms, the company noted, adding that the product’s active ingredient, fluticasone propionate, has been the No. 1 pediatrician-prescribed nasal allergy medicine for over five years.
Children’s Flonase works differently from single-ingredient antihistamines, GSK said, because it blocks six allergic substances instead of just one, reducing inflammation and alleviating allergy symptoms caused by pollen, mold spores, dust mites and pet dander. As a result, the product relieves congestion in addition to other nasal allergy symptoms.
GSK cited research finding that the number of children suffering from allergies has doubled over the past 20 years and that allergies now affect an estimated 40% of children nationwide. Also, a recent survey commissioned by the company revealed that a majority of parents of young children with seasonal allergies tend to limit their children’s time outdoors during allergy season.
“I see a lot of parents come in whose children are suffering from seasonal or year-round allergies,” commented Rebecca Newman, M.D., a Chicago-area pediatrician with 25 years of practice experience. “Parents often make accommodations in their children’s daily activities, like limiting their time spent outdoors. What they don’t realize is that keeping children in a sterile environment does not guarantee that they’ll stay allergy-free, and there are products available that block allergy triggers so children can continue enjoying their favorite activities.”
Previously available only by prescription, Flonase for adults became available over the counter in 2015 after the Food and Drug Administration approved the medicine for OTC in the summer of 2014. The allergy spray won a Product of the Year award in the OTC category this year from Product of the Year USA.