Azelastine nasal spray is indicated for the alleviation of symptoms associated with seasonal (short-term) or perennial (year-round) allergic hay fever, vasomotor rhinitis, or other upper respiratory allergies. These symptoms may include nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, pruritus, and sneezing.
Azelastine functions as an antihistamine, exerting its therapeutic effect through the inhibition of histamine, a naturally occurring substance produced by the body. By counteracting histamine, azelastine mitigates the occurrence of itching, sneezing, rhinorrhea, and lacrimation.
Uses and Dosage
Azelastine is administered as a liquid nasal spray. The recommended dosage typically entails spraying azelastine into each nostril once or twice daily. Strictly follow the prescribed directions for the use of azelastine nasal spray, avoiding any deviations such as excessive or insufficient usage or exceeding the prescribed frequency determined by your doctor.
For children under 12 years of age, adult supervision is required when using azelastine nasal spray. Non-prescription azelastine nasal spray should not be used by children under 6 years of age.
Azelastine nasal spray is exclusively intended for nasal administration. Refrain from swallowing the nasal spray and exercise caution to prevent accidental spraying into the eyes or mouth.
Each bottle of azelastine nasal spray should be used by only one individual. Sharing azelastine nasal spray is discouraged to prevent the potential spread of germs.
While azelastine nasal spray effectively manages symptoms associated with hay fever or allergies, it does not provide a cure for these conditions.
Azelastine nasal spray is formulated to deliver a specific number of sprays. Once the indicated number of sprays has been used, the remaining liquid in the bottle may not contain the accurate medication dosage. Keep track of the number of sprays used and discard the bottle after reaching the specified number, even if some liquid remains.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- bitter taste in the mouth
- drowsiness or sleepiness
- bloody mucus or unexplained nosebleeds
- dryness of the mouth
- muscle aches or pain
- sudden outbursts of sneezing
- weight gain
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- heavy nosebleeds
- burning or discomfort inside the nose
- ear congestion
- sore throat
- body aches or pain
- loss of voice
- trouble breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Prior to initiating the use of azelastine, it is important to inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any known allergies, including allergies to azelastine itself or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications. For additional information, please consult your pharmacist.
Before commencing treatment with this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of kidney problems.
This medication may induce drowsiness. Consumption of alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can intensify drowsiness. Refrain from operating vehicles, machinery, or engaging in activities that require alertness until you can safely do so. Avoid alcoholic beverages. If you are using marijuana (cannabis), discuss this with your doctor.
During pregnancy, the use of this medication should only be considered if clearly necessary. It is important to have a detailed discussion with your doctor regarding the potential risks and benefits.
The passage of this medication into breast milk is currently unknown. Prior to breastfeeding, consult your doctor for guidance.
Form and Strength
Astelin Nasal Spray is available in the following forms and strengths:
Astelin Nasal Spray nasal spray:
azelastine nasal spray:
How long does Astelin Nasal Spray take to start working?
In general, the medication starts working within 30 minutes to relieve nasal allergy symptoms.
Can Astelin Nasal Spray make you sleepy?
It’s possible for Astelin Nasal Spray to cause sleepiness. Don’t drive, use machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how it affects you.