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Brand Names: Astelin, Astepro

Generic Name: azelastine nasal (Pronunciation: a ZEL uh steen)

What is azelastine nasal (Astelin, Astepro)?

Azelastine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Azelastine prevents sneezing, itching, runny nose, and other nasal symptoms of allergies.

Azelastine nasal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Astelin Nasal

What are the possible side effects of azelastine nasal (Astelin, Astepro)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using azelastine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • bronchospasm (shortness of breath, tightness in chest, wheezing); or
  • fast or uneven heartbeats.

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about azelastine nasal (Astelin, Astepro)?

Before using azelastine nasal, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions.

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Before using azelastine, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by azelastine.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of azelastine.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using azelastine.

Stop using azelastine and call your doctor at once if you have fast or uneven heartbeats, tightness in your chest, or if you feel short of breath.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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