MedPointe | Astelin (Medication)
Astelin/azelastine is a type of nasal spray that is used for treating seasonal nasal allergy symptoms and non-allergic nasal symptoms. The drug works by preventing the release of histamine from mast cells and preventing histamine from binding to histamine receptors.
Astelin is available by prescription and is generally taken twice a day. ...
Astelin has been evaluated in studies for treating nasal allergies. In these studies, the drug helped to decrease the following symptoms:sneezing; runny nose; itchy nose; watery eyes; need to blow the nose.
A bitter taste in the mouth, drowsiness, a burning feeling inside the nose, sneezing fits, nausea, weight gain, muscle aches, and red eyes may occur. Strange feelings on the skin (e. g. , pins and needles, crawling sensation) may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
The bitter taste can be reduced by sniffing gently through your nose after each spray, rather than breathing in through your nose so deeply that the medication goes to the back of your throat and gets into your mouth.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. ...
Prior to taking this medicine tell your healthcare provider if you have any allergies, including allergies. Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Before using this medication, tell your healthcare provider your medical history, especially of kidney problems.
This drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...