Azelastine

generic

What is Azelastine?

Common Brand(s): Astelin, Astepro

This medication is used to relieve nasal symptoms such as runny/itching/stuffy nose, sneezing, and post-nasal drip caused by allergies or other conditions. Azelastine belongs to a class of drugs known as antihistamines. It works by blocking certain natural substances called histamines that are responsible for nasal symptoms.

Uses

  • vasomotor rhinitis
  • perennial allergic rhinitis
  • seasonal allergic rhinitis

Usage Instructions

Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Follow the illustrated directions for the proper use of this medication. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Follow the instructions for test sprays in the air if you are using the spray pump for the first time or if you have not used it for 3 days or more. A fine mist is a sign that the spray pump is working properly.

Gently blow your nose before using this medication. Use this medication in the nose as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice a day in both nostrils. Do not spray it in your eyes or mouth.

To prevent a bitter taste in your mouth, breathe in gently and do not tilt your head back after using this medication.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.

Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.

Keep track of the number of sprays used from the spray pump. Discard the pump after you have used the number of sprays specified on the manufacturer's package.

This medication usually begins to work within 3 hours of use.

Tell your doctor if you do not get better or if you get worse.

Storage

Keep the bottle upright with the pump tightly closed. Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.