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Azelastine Nasl



Azelastine is used to relieve nasal symptoms such as runny/itching/stuffy nose, sneezing, and post-nasal drip caused by seasonal allergies and other conditions. This medication is an antihistamine. It works by blocking certain natural substances called histamines that are responsible for allergic symptoms.Do not use this medication in children younger than 2 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all of the doctor's dosage directions. Do not give other cough and cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients (see also Drug Interactions section). Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (e.g., saline nose drops/spray, using a humidifier or infant nasal suction bulb).

 
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Azelastine Nasl

Uses
Azelastine is used to relieve nasal symptoms such as runny/itching/stuffy nose, sneezing, and post-nasal drip caused by seasonal allergies and other conditions. This medication is an antihistamine. It works by blocking certain natural substances called histamines that are responsible for allergic symptoms.Do not use this medication in children younger than 2 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all of the doctor's dosage directions. Do not give other cough and cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients (see also Drug Interactions section). Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (e.g., saline nose drops/spray, using a humidifier or infant nasal suction bulb).
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.

Storage
  • Store at controlled room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Keep the bottle upright with the pump tightly closed.
  • Protect from freezing.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using azelastine and each time you get a refill.
  • Follow the instructions on how to properly use this medication.
  • If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Follow the instructions for properly priming the spray pump before using the bottle for the first time and if you have not used the medication for 3 or more days.
  • Avoid spraying in your eyes.This medication is for use in your nose as directed, usually twice a day in both nostrils.
  • For children, dosage is based on age, with younger children needing a lower dose.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same times each day.
  • This medicine usually begins working within 3 hours of use.Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.

Side Effects
  • 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.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking azelastine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to the preservative benzalkonium chloride; or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems.This drug may make you drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: cimetidine.Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: other antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., phenobarbital), medicine for sleep (e.g., zolpidem), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine or tricyclics such as amitriptyline), tranquilizers.Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients.
  • Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.

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