Azelastine (Into the nose)
Treats symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
Nasal Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Azelastine nasal spray is used to help relieve symptoms (eg, stuffy or runny nose, itching, sneezing) of seasonal (short-term) or perennial (year-round) allergic rhinitis (hay fever), and vasomotor rhinitis.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
This medicine is for use only in the nose. Do not get any of it in your eyes or on your skin. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
You will need to prime the nasal spray before you use it for the first time. To do this, pump the bottle 6 times or until some of the medicine sprays out. Prime the spray after each time you clean the pump, or if you have not used the medicine for 3 days or longer, by spraying the medicine 2 times.
Before using the medicine, gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils.
After using the nasal spray, wipe the tip of the bottle with a clean tissue and put the cap back on.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Missed dose:Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Keep the bottle tightly closed when not using it. Store at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Throw this medicine away after you use 200 sprays.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use if you had an allergic reaction to azelastine.
This medicine may make you drowsy. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Burning, redness, swelling, or irritation around or inside your nose
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Bitter or bad taste in your mouth
Sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Astelin, Astelin Ready-Spray, Astepro
There may be other brand names for this medicine.