By Megan Brooks
WebMD Health News
July 28, 2014 -- The FDA has approved over-the-counter Flonase Allergy Relief, or fluticasone propionate 50 mcg nasal spray, for the treatment of hay fever or upper respiratory allergies, its maker GlaxoSmithKline announced.
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Flonase Allergy Relief is the first and only over-the-counter nasal spray intended for relief of all nasal and eye-related allergy symptoms, including runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, nasal congestion, and itchy and watery eyes, according to a company news release Thursday.
An estimated 50 million people in the United States have nasal allergies, often leading to fatigue, trouble sleeping , learning and attention problems, and performance trouble at work or school, the company said.
The active ingredient in Flonase Allergy Relief, fluticasone propionate, was approved as a prescription medicine in 1994.
The nasal spray will be available over the counter in early 2015, according to GlaxoSmithKline.
SOURCE: Medscape: "FDA Clears OTC Flonase Nasal Spray for Allergy Relief."
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