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 itching, swelling, and rashes by blocking the effects of a chemical messenger (histamine) in the body.

Common side effects of Azelastine

Bitter taste, Sleepiness, Fatigue, Headache, Eye irritation, Conjunctivitis, Dryness in mouth
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Expert advice for Azelastine

  • Your doctor has prescribed Azelastine to help relieve allergy symptoms such as itching, swelling, and rashes.
  • As compared to other similar medications, it is much less likely to make you feel sleepy.
  • Be cautious while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as it can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication as it may cause increased sleepiness.
  • Stop taking Azelastine at least three days before taking an allergy test as it can affect the test results.
  • Your doctor has prescribed Azelastine to treat a runny or stuffy nose caused by allergies (allergic rhinitis).
  • Since it's a nasal spray, it does not expose the rest of your body to the medicine and hence gives you minimal side effects.
  • Side effects such as nosebleeds, nasal ulceration, and bitter taste may occur after using the spray. These may not be with everyone. 
  • Inform your doctor if you have an infection,injury or ulceration in the inside of the nose as Azelastine can increase the risk of nose bleed and ulceration.
  • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Azelastine can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking Azelastine as it may cause increased sleepiness.
  • Any of the side effects other than mentioned above if occur, do consult the treating physician. 

Frequently asked questions for Azelastine


Q. What is Azelastine used for?

Azelastine is used for the treatment of allergic conditions causing runny nose, redness and watering of eyes, sneezing and allergic reactions to medicines and food.

Q. What should I know before using Azelastine?

Before using Azelastine, you should tell your doctor if you are allergic to Azelastine or any of its ingredients to avoid any allergic reactions. Let your doctor know if you have, or have had any problems with your eyes. Inform your doctor about all the other medicines you are taking because they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding to prevent any harmful effects on the baby.

Q. Is Azelastine safe?

Azelastine is safe if used in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. How does Azelastine work?

Azelastine works by blocking the release of a naturally occurring substance in our body known as histamine, that is responsible for producing symptoms of allergies such as runny nose, sneezing and red or watery eyes.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Azelastine?

If you have missed a dose of Azelastine, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take it in the regular schedule instead of taking the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

Q. Is Azelastine effective?

Azelastine is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Azelastine too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.


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