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Astelin spray

Pronunciation

Generic Name: azelastine (AY-ze-LAS-teen)
Brand Name: Astelin

Astelin spray is used for:

Treating allergy symptoms such as sneezing and itchy, runny nose. It is also used to treat symptoms of nasal passage inflammation such as runny nose, stuffy nose, and postnasal drip. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Astelin spray is an antihistamine nasal spray. It works by blocking the action of histamine, which reduces allergy symptoms.

Do NOT use Astelin spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Astelin spray

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Astelin spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with Astelin spray. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have an infection in the nose, a history of nasal injury, or any other nose problems (eg, blockage, narrowing, sores, ulcers)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Astelin spray. Because little, if any, of Astelin spray is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Astelin spray may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Astelin spray:

Use Astelin spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Astelin spray. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Astelin spray is for the nose only. Do not get it in your eyes or mouth. If you get Astelin spray in your eyes, rinse with cool tap water at once.
  • Prime the spray pump before the first use of a new bottle. Remove the blue dust cover over the tip of the bottle and the blue safety clip. To prime the pump, point the spray pump away from you and others. Spray rapidly and firmly several times until a fine mist appears (4 sprays or less).
  • Gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils.
  • Keep your head tilted downward. Place the spray tip ¼- to ½-inch into the nostril. Hold the bottle upright, allowing the spray tip to aim toward the back of the nose. Close the other nostril with one finger.
  • Spray rapidly and firmly once and sniff gently at the same time. Repeat in the other nostril as directed.
  • Breathe in gently. Do not tilt your head back after using Astelin spray. This will help you to avoid the bitter taste that may be caused by Astelin spray.
  • After using Astelin spray, wipe the spray tip with a clean tissue or cloth. Keep the dust cover and safety clip on the bottle when it is not in use.
  • If 3 or more days have passed since the last use of this bottle, reprime the pump with 2 sprays or until a fine mist appears.
  • If the nozzle becomes clogged, do NOT clean it by using a pointed object. Remove the spray pump from the bottle. Soak it in warm water, squirting it several times while under water. Dry the spray pump completely. Attach the spray pump to the bottle and reprime.
  • If you miss a dose of Astelin spray, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Astelin spray.

Important safety information:

  • Astelin spray may cause drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Astelin spray with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Check with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Astelin spray; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
  • The medicine has an antihistamine in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has an antihistamine (eg, diphenhydramine) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Astelin spray before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Astelin spray may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Astelin spray should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 5 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Astelin spray while you are pregnant. It is not known if Astelin spray is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Astelin spray, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Astelin spray:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Bitter taste; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; fatigue; headache; mild nasal bleeding, burning, discomfort, or stinging; mild throat irritation; nausea; sudden sneezing attack.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); repeated or persistent nosebleeds; severe nasal irritation; shortness of breath; sores in the nose.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased drowsiness.

Proper storage of Astelin spray:

Store Astelin spray at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Protect from freezing. Store the bottle upright with the pump tightly closed. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not use Astelin spray after the expiration date on the bottle. Keep Astelin spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Astelin spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Astelin spray is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Astelin spray or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Astelin spray. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Astelin spray. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Astelin spray.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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