Astelin nasal spray (Azelastine) is a prescription medication used to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis in adults and children who are at least 5 years old. The drug also relieves symptoms of nonallergic vasomotor rhinitis in adults and children who are at least 12 years old. Histamine can produce rhinitis symptoms, including sneezing, post-nasal drip, and runny, itching, or stuffy nose. The active ingredient in Astelin is Azelastine. Azelastine belongs to a class of drugs called antihistamines. It works by blocking natural substances called histamines responsible for nasal symptoms.
We currently offer the brand Astelin also called Azep Nasal Spray from Australia manufactured by Meda Pharms in the strength of 125mcg/35 dose nasal spray. The generic Azelastine (Arzep) is also available from India by a different manufacturer in the strength of 0.1%/10ml nasal spray.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs or an allergic reaction while using Astelin nasal spray. The most common side effects of Astelin may include the following:
• Bitter taste in your mouth;
• Nasal irritation;
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the severe side effects, including:
• Symptoms of an allergic reaction like hives, breathing difficulties, or swelling of your face, lips, or throat
These are not all of the side effects of Astelin nasal spray. Always contact your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms.
You should not use Astelin nasal spray if you are allergic to Azelastine or any ingredient in Astelin nasal spray. Before you start using this medication, tell your doctors about your medical history, especially if you:
• Are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed;
• Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant;
• Have kidney problems
Tell your doctor about all your medications, including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements, and vitamins. There may be drug interactions between Astelin nasal spray and other medicines, especially other cold and allergy products, and antihistamines. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is unknown if Astelin nasal spray will harm a fetus. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. Astelin may cause your breast milk to taste bitter. Watch for signs that your baby is not nursing well if you breastfeed while using this medicine. Use Astelin nasal spray precisely as prescribed by your doctor. Blow your nose to clear your nostrils and keep your head tilted downward toward your toes. Place the spray top about a quarter to half-inch in one nostril. Hold the bottle upright and aim the spray tip toward the back of your nose. Close your other nostril with a finger, press the pump once, and sniff gently at the same time. Repeat in your other nostril. Breathe gently, and do not tilt your head back after using Astelin nasal spray to prevent the medicine from going into your throat. Wipe the spray tip with a clean tissue or cloth after using your Astelin nasal spray. Astelin is a nasal spray. Avoid getting this medicine into your eyes or mouth. Astelin may impair your reactions. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not drink alcohol while using Astelin nasal spray. Alcohol may increase the side effects of the drug. Store Astelin nasal spray in an upright position at room temperature. Do not freeze.