azelastine spray - nasal, Astelin (cont.)

HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using azelastine and each time you get a refill. Follow the instructions on how to properly use this medication. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Follow the instructions for properly priming the spray pump before using the bottle for the first time and if you have not used the medication for 3 or more days. Avoid spraying in your eyes or mouth.Azelastine is for use in your nose and is available in different strengths. Use 1 or 2 sprays in both nostrils, usually once or twice a day as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your condition, the product you are using, and your response to treatment.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time(s) each day. This medicine usually begins working within 3 hours of use.Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.

SIDE EFFECTS: A bitter taste in the mouth, drowsiness, a burning feeling inside the nose, sneezing fits, nausea, weight gain, muscle aches, and red eyes may occur. Strange feelings on the skin (e.g., pins and needles, crawling sensation) may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.The bitter taste can be reduced by sniffing gently through your nose after each spray, rather than breathing in through your nose so deeply that the medication goes to the back of your throat and gets into your mouth.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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