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Azelastine

INFORMATION

Uses

Azelastine is used in the treatment of allergic disorders.

How it works

Azelastine belongs to the group of medicines called antihistamines. It acts by blocking a natural chemical (histamine) that is produced in the body during an allergic reaction.

Common side effects

Nausea, Pale red skin, Itchy rash, Cough, Drowsiness, Fatigue, Headache, Itching, Skin irritation, Tingling sensation, Nose bleed, Sneezing, Sore throat, Bitter taste

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Expert advice

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

Azelastine

Q.Is azelastine/Duonase/ a steroid/anticholinergic/corticosteroid/antihistamine/decongestant?
It is an antihistaminic drug

Q.Is azelastine over the counter/OTC?
No, it is available with doctor’s prescription only

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

Q.Is azelastine the same as Flonase?
No, azelastine is a different drug. Flonase contains the drug fluticasone

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/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.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 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)