Astelin Azelastine Hydrochloride and/or alternatives
Astelin is a nasal spray that is used for the treatment of nasal symptom allergies such as runny nose, sneezing, and itching. The generic name of the drug is Azelastine Nasal. It is a metered spray solution used for intranasal spray.
You must buy Astelin only as per the description of the doctor. You must clean your nose by gently blowing it before using the spray. If you are using the spray for the first time, spray it in the air4 times till a fine mist appears. Make sure that you are not spraying it into your eyes. Insert the tip of the spray in to your nostril and close the other nostril with your fingers. Spray in the nostril and inhale gently.
Indications & Dosage of Astelin
Astelin is used to treat nasal problems caused due to seasonal and yearly allergies. It is an antihistamine. It blocks the natural substances called histamines that cause allergic symptoms.
The dosage of Astelin depends on various factors such as the nature of the disease and the response of the patient to the treatment. The recommended dose of Astelin is 1-2 sprays two times a day in each nostril. Don’t spray it into your eyes and mouth. Take the exact number of doses as prescribed by the doctor. Each spray delivers 0.137 mL mean volume containing 137 mcg of azelastine hydrochloride. One bottle delivers 200 sprays. Astelin is administered in children over the age of 12.
Clean the pump nozzle with a fine and clean the tissue every time after use. Don’t try to sneeze soon after administering the drug. Try to take the dose on time. If you miss a dose, take it at the earliest. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Don’t take an overdose of Astelin. The common side effect of overdose is extreme sleepiness. Get immediate medical attention in case of an overdose. You must not stop using Astelin without consulting your doctor. You must store Astelin at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. Don’t freeze the drug. Keep it away from heat and moisture. Keep the medicine away from the reach of children.
Side Effects & Interactions of Astelin
Less serious side effects of Astelin are:
- Dizziness and drowsiness
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Burning in the nose
- Sore throat and dry mouth
- Symptoms of cold such as coughing, sneezing and runny nose
- Redness in the eyes
Serious side effects of Astelin are:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Uneven and fast heartbeat
Consult your doctor at the earliest if the serious side effects persist.
Certain drugs may interact with Astelin. Tell your doctor if you are taking any drugs such as muscle relaxers, pills for cold and sleeping pills that make you sleep. If you take Astelin along with those drugs, it will result in excessive sleepiness. Discuss with your doctor all your previous and current medications. This includes over-the-counter medication, vitamins and herbal products.
Warnings & Precautions of Astelin
You must not buy Astelin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medicine. Avoid drinking alcohol during treatment.
You must not use Astelin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Don’t administer Astelin in children below the age of 5.
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