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    Information about Azelastine

    Azelastine uses

    Azelastine is used in the treatment of sneezing and runny nose due to allergies.

    How azelastine works

    Azelastine is an antihistaminic medication. It treats allergy symptoms such as such as itching, swelling, and rashes by blocking the effects of a chemical messenger (histamine) in the body.

    Common side effects of azelastine


    Available Medicine for Azelastine

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    Expert advice for Azelastine

    The drug may cause dizziness or drowziness. Be careful while driving or performing activities that require alertness. Do not start or continue the azelastine and consult your doctor:
    • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to azelastine or any of the other ingredients of azelastine.
    • If you are pregnant or breast feeding.
    Do not use contact lenses when applying azelastine solution in the eye. Patient should be instructed to use azelastine nasal spray only as prescribed The bottle should be shaken gently before use for about 5 seconds by tilting it upwards and downwards and the protective cap be removed afterwards After using the spray tip wipe the tip and replace the protective cap.

    Frequently asked questions for Azelastine


    Q. Is azelastine over the counter/OTC?

    No, it is available with doctor’s prescription only

    Q. Is Azelastine the same as Flonase?

    No, Azelastine is a different drug. Flonase contains the drug fluticasone

    Q. Does Azelastine/Azelastine Hcl work?

    It works at the prescribed dose for suggested disease condition. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

    Q. Is Azelastine/Duonase/ a steroid/anticholinergic/corticosteroid/antihistamine/decongestant?

    It is an antihistaminic drug

    Q. Is Azelastine addictive?

    No, it is not addictive. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

    Q. Can I take Benadryl/Zyrtec/Claritin with Azelastine?

    Taking other medicines may alter the effects of Azelastine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required

    Q. Does Azelastine cause drowsiness/nose bleeds/weight gain/raise blood pressure/make you tired/sleepy?

    Azelastine causing these side effects is rare or uncommon. However, consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 March, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)