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Azelastine ophthalmic Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to azelastine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by azelastine ophthalmic. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking azelastine ophthalmic:

Less common:
  • Cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • noisy breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with azelastine ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common:
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • headaches
  • temporary eye burning or stinging
Less common:
  • Burning, dry or itching eyes
  • blurred vision, temporary
  • chills
  • diarrhea
  • eye discharge or excessive tearing
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • hoarseness or other voice changes
  • itching skin
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • redness, pain, swelling of eye, eyelid, or inner lining of eyelid
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • stuffy nose
  • sweating
  • tender, swollen glands in neck
  • trouble in swallowing
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to azelastine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Ocular

Very common (10% or more): Burning/stinging (up to 30%)
Common (1% to 10%): Irritation, conjunctivitis, pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Temporary blurring[Ref]

General

The most common side effect reported was eye irritation such as burning/stinging.[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Asthma, dyspnea, pharyngitis, rhinitis[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): fatigue[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Rash[Ref]

Immunologic

Common (1% to 10%): Influenza-like symptoms[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headaches (15%)
Common (1% to 10%): Bitter taste[Ref]

References

1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. "Product Information. Optivar (azelastine ophthalmic)" Muro Pharmaceuticals Inc, Tewksbury, MA.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

Not all side effects for azelastine ophthalmic may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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