CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nancy Lieberman, basketball hall of famer, coach and mom, has teamed up with Sanofi's consumer healthcare division Chattem Inc. to introduce a new, more effective player on the over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medication roster, Nasacort Allergy 24HR Nasal Spray. Now available in stores nationwide, Nasacort Allergy 24HR is different than other currently available OTC allergy medications. It puts the "Full 'Cort Press" on the full range of nasal allergy symptoms for 24 hours with a once daily dose. Nasacort Allergy 24HR is the first and only medicine in its class to be available at full prescription strength without the need for a prescription.
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"I have a very hectic life as a mom and a professional, so I always need to be at the top of my game and can't let my nasal allergies put me on the sidelines," Lieberman said. "The over-the-counter medications I tried in the past only relieved certain symptoms. I need a medication like Nasacort Allergy 24HR that gives me full relief of my allergy symptoms."
Nancy Lieberman is not alone. In a recent survey, nearly 60 percent of nasal allergy sufferers who used an OTC product, which include oral antihistamines and decongestants, were not very satisfied with the medicine they used. However, selecting the right nasal allergy medicine actually starts with understanding what causes allergy symptoms.Allergy symptoms occur when the body encounters an allergen and produces chemicals in response, such as: histamine, cytokines, leukotrienes, prostaglandins and eosinophils. These chemicals cause inflammation which result in nasal allergy symptoms.