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.
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:
GENERIC AVAILABLE: yes
PREPARATIONS: Nasal spray: 137 mcg per spray.
STORAGE: The nasal spray should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C and 30 C (59 F - 86 F).
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