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New allergy spray approved by FDA

Published Oct. 8, 2005

Allergy sufferers soon will have a new form of relief.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Flonase nasal spray, a once-a-day spray for allergic rhinitis.

Rhinitis is nasal inflammation that causes a constant runny nose and sneezing. It can be a symptom of a bad cold, but some 35-million Americans suffer it for weeks at a time because of allergies.

Antihistamines and decongestants don't reduce the inflammation. Other nasal sprays do, but manufacturer Glaxo Inc. said Flonase is the first once-a-day spray marketed in a water solution.

It will be available by prescription in January.