azelastine, Astelin, Astepro

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GENERIC NAME: azelastine

BRAND NAME: Astelin, Astepro

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Azelastine is an antihistamine, a chemical that blocks the effects of histamine, another chemical that is responsible for some of the symptoms in allergic reactions. Azelastine is chemically different from other antihistamines and is used only as a nasal inhaler for the treatment of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, such as runny nose, sneezing, and nasal itching in adults and children 12 years of age and older. Azelastine was approved by the FDA in 1996.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Azelastine is used to treat symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis, such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal itching.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effect noted with azelastine is a bitter taste that develops in 1 of 5 persons using it. Tiredness occurs in 1 of 9. Weight gain has been reported in 1 of 50 and muscle pain in 1 of 75. Other reported side effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2015



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