Which medications are used in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (AR)?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Many groups of medications are used for allergic rhinitis (AR), including antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, saline, sodium cromolyn, and leukotriene receptor antagonists. These can be further subdivided into intranasal and oral therapies. Intranasal administration has the advantage of directly affecting the site of action, and, in general, intranasal medications have fewer adverse effects and no systemic effects. The main advantage of oral therapy is ease of use. Some patients resist using intranasal medications.


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