GSK Consumer Healthcare Announces Availability of Over-the-Counter Children's Flonase® Allergy Relief Just in Time for Spring

Survey reveals parents of children with allergies limit their outdoor time, but with Children's Flonase®, kids with allergies can play outside with confidence

Mar 15, 2016, 05:00 ET from GSK Consumer Healthcare

WARREN, N.J., March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past 20 years, the number of children suffering from allergies has doubled,1 and reports show that allergies now affect an estimated 40 percent of children nationwide.2 A recent survey commissioned by the makers of Children's Flonase® Allergy Relief revealed that a majority of parents of young children with seasonal allergies tend to limit their children's time outdoors during allergy season.3 But this spring, parents can let their children play outside with confidence with the launch of Children's Flonase® Allergy Relief.*

Available without a prescription, Children's Flonase® is an over-the-counter nasal spray approved to offer relief of allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes. Children's Flonase® is a safe, non-habit forming way for children ages four and older to get relief from their nose- and eye-related allergy symptoms. Its active ingredient, fluticasone propionate, has been the No. 1 pediatrician-prescribed nasal allergy medicine for over five years.**

The survey of more than 1,000 parents of children (ages 4-11) with allergies provides insights into the challenges of helping to manage their children's symptoms.3 The results found that 67 percent of parents have limited their child's time outside during allergy season, and with so many treatment options, 38 percent of parents said they find it difficult to pick an over-the-counter allergy medicine.3

"I see a lot of parents come in whose children are suffering from seasonal or year-round allergies," said Rebecca Newman, M.D., a Chicago-area pediatrician with 25 years of practice experience and mother of two boys. "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."

Children's Flonase® works differently from single-ingredient antihistamines, because it blocks six allergic substances instead of just one.*** It reduces inflammation and relieves allergy symptoms caused by pollen, mold spores, dust mites and pet dander.

Children's Flonase® is available anywhere non-prescription medications are sold. For more information, visit

About Children's Flonase® Allergy Relief
Children's Flonase® Allergy Relief (fluticasone propionate 50 mcg spray) is an approved over-the-counter (OTC) treatment that relieves symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies. It is the first and only OTC nasal spray indicated to offer non drowsy 24-hour relief of both nose- and eye-related allergy symptoms. Unlike single-ingredient allergy pills, Children's Flonase® Allergy Relief relieves congestion in addition to other nasal allergy symptoms.

About GSK Consumer Healthcare
GSK Consumer Healthcare is one of the world's largest consumer healthcare companies. Our purpose is to help more people around the world to do more, feel better and live longer with everyday healthcare products. We have a heritage that goes back over 160 years. We own some of the world's best loved healthcare brands, including Sensodyne®, Theraflu®, Excedrin®, Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ®, Flonase®, and TUMS®. These brands are successful in over 100 countries around the world because they all show our passion for quality, guaranteed by science. They are inspired by the real wants and needs of the millions of people who walk into pharmacies, supermarkets, market stalls and go on-line all over the world every day, and choose us first.

Our goal is to build a global, growing business we call a Fast Moving Consumer Healthcare (FMCH) company, dedicated to everyday healthcare with all of the scientific expertise and quality guarantees that demands, working at the speed and with the genuine consumer understanding the modern world expects.

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1 World Allergy Organization. 2012. WAO White Book on Allergy 2011-2012. Available at:  
2 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 2015. Allergy Facts and Figures. Available at:  
3 Survey of 1,029 parents of children (aged 4-11) with allergies. GSK Consumer Healthcare via Toluna. February 2016. 
* In the children's allergy section. 
** Based on IMS Health TRx Allergy Market. Four year period 2009-2014. 
*** Mechanism vs. most OTC allergy pills. Children's Flonase acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines and leukotrines). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.

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