Evaluation of Intranasal Corticosteroid Sensory Attributes and Patient Preference for Fluticasone Furoate for the Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis

J. Russell May, William K. Dolen

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Purpose: Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a highly prevalent disease, affecting the quality of life of millions of Americans. Intranasal corticosteroids (INCs) are widely recommended as first-line therapy for moderate to severe AR. Although these drugs exhibit similar safety and efficacy, a potentially differentiating factor within this class is the varying sensory attributes associated with each INC. The objective of this literature review was to evaluate product characteristics, sensory attributes, and patient preferences of fluticasone furoate intranasal spray (FFNS) compared with other INCs. Methods: A narrative literature search for studies evaluating FFNS was performed in MEDLINE and Google Scholar. Key terms included “allergic rhinitis,” “anti-allergic agents,” “intranasal administration,” “fluticasone furoate,” and “patient preference.” Studies published from 2007 to present were included. Nine trials met the search criteria, each evaluating FFNS versus placebo or other INCs for efficacy, safety, and/or preference, and were included. Approximately 2400 patients with AR were enrolled across varying study protocols. Findings: In 4 placebo-controlled trials, FFNS showed significant efficacy in relieving symptoms of AR and a tolerable safety profile. Three trials evaluating FFNS and fluticasone propionate nasal spray (FPNS) found that FFNS was significantly preferred over FPNS regarding scent, aftertaste, and leakage down the throat/nose. The results of 2 trials found that FFNS was preferred overall over mometasone furoate nasal spray (MFNS). Implications: INCs are effective first-line treatments for AR and show significant reduction in nasal and ocular symptoms. Patients preferred the scent, aftertaste, and mist gentleness of FFNS ∼2:1 over the same sensory attributes of FPNS. Patients experienced less negative sensory characteristics with FFNS compared with MFNS, preferring FFNS to MFNS overall. Selecting an INC with favorable attributes in accordance with patient preferences could potentially improve adherence, therapeutic outcomes, and health care costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1589-1596
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Therapeutics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2019


  • allergic rhinitis
  • antiallergic agents
  • corticosteroids
  • fluticasone furoate
  • intranasal administration
  • patient preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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