Astelin belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines. Astelin provides relief from bothersome nasal symptoms such as congestion, itchy/runny nose, sneezing and postnasal drip due to seasonal allergens or environmental irritants. Astelin is steroid-free, does not contain pseudoephedrine, and relieves your symptoms by blocking the effects of histamine - the primary cause of allergy symptoms. What makes Astelin unique is that it is a steroid-free antihistamine nasal spray that provides symptom relief whether the trigger is an allergen (grass, trees, pollen, mold, etc.), an irritant (cigarette smoke, perfume, cleaning agents, car exhaust, cold air, etc.), or both. Astelin is also know as Azelastine, Arzep, Rhinolast, Alerdual, Allergodil, Rinalin. Generic name of Astelin is Azelastine.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Use Astelin exactly as directed.
Astelin can be used by patients as young as 5 years of age, depending on what type of rhinitis they have been diagnosed with.
For those with seasonal allergic rhinitis, patients from 5 to 11 years of age should administer 1 spray in each nostril twice daily.
Patients 12 years of age and older with seasonal allergic rhinitis should administer 2 sprays of Astelin in each nostril twice daily.
For those with nonallergic vasomotor rhinitis, patients 12 years of age and older should administer 2 sprays of Astelin in each nostril twice daily.
Before using Astelin for the first time, remove the child-resistant screw cap and replace with the pump unit. Prime the delivery system (pump unit) with four sprays or until a fine mist appears. If 3 days or more have elapsed since your last use of the nasal spray, reprime the pump with two sprays or until a fine mist appears.
Astelin Missing Dose
If you miss a dose of Astelin follow your doctor's dosing instructions. Do not take Astelin more often than prescribed. Do not take 2 doses at once.
If you overdose Astelin and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately.
Store at a room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture and sunlight. Keep in a tightly closed container. Throw away the after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.
Astelin More Info
Active Ingredient: Azelastine.
Other Ingredients: Benzalkonium Chloride,
Do not take Astelin if you are allergic to Astelin components.
It is not known whether Astelin will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without your doctor's advice if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
The medicine has a antihistamine in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has an antihistamine (e.g., diphenhydramine) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Astelin may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
Astelin should be used with extreme caution in children younger than 5 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (e.g., sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Astelin; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
Astelin may cause drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Astelin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Do not stop taking Astelin suddenly.