i've been on nasonex (just in the spring for hay fever) for years - ever since it came out. it is like a miracle drug for me. i haven't tried the others...but i am a firm believe in nasonex! i did just recently have one nose bleed - immediately after spraying it. i don't know why - it hasn't ever happened before and hasn't happened since. maybe not related - but hard to know.
Flonase is not OTC. It's my favorite, but I think allergy meds are pretty individual so try one and if it doesn't work, try the next. Make sure you give it the two week trial period to see if it really works or not.
Yes, I said I wanted to try something that was less expensive than what was prescribed last time, and I left with a bunch of samples of these to try. I can't remember what I was taking before, but it was pricey, even with the co-pay.
Nasonex has worked wonderfully for me. I'm highly allergic to grass pollen, and I just happen to live in the grass pollen capital of the world. It has literally changed my life during May through July, allowing me to run, bike and generally be outdoors. I also use some allergy eye drops when the pollen counts go through the roof.