Drug: Astelin, Astepro (azelastine nasal)

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 featuredcontentslider.init({ id: "slider1", contentsource: ["inline", ""], toc: "#increment", nextprev: ["Prev", "Next"], revealtype: "click", enablefade: [true, 0.2], autorotate: [true, 100000], onChange: function(previndex, curindex){ } })

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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:
  • a bitter taste in your mouth;
  • headache;
  • drowsiness or dizziness;
  • dry mouth, sore throat;
  • sores or burning in your nose;
  • weight gain;
  • nausea;
  • nosebleed;
  • cough, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat; or
  • eye redness.
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.

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What other drugs will affect azelastine nasal (Astelin, Astepro)? Before using azelastine nasal, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by azelastine nasal.Also tell your doctor if you are using cimetidine (Tagamet).This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with azelastine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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What happens if I overdose (Astelin, Astepro)? Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.Overdose symptoms may include extreme sleepiness.

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