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Azelastine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

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Information about Azelastine

Generic Name : Azelastine
Pronunciation : a-ZEL-as-teen
Latest prescription information about Azelastine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Nasal Medications
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Azelastine

India : 

International : 

Astelin , Astepro , Optivar
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Why is Azelastine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a selective histamine antagonist, prescribed in treating allergic rhinitis. It blocks the histamine action, which reduces allergy symptoms.

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When should Azelastine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Azelastine?

Adult: The recommended dose is two sprays per nostril twice daily.
Child: The recommended dose is one spray per nostril twice daily.

How should Azelastine be taken?

It comes as a nasal spray.

What are the warnings and precautions for Azelastine?

• It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Avoid alcoholic beverages.

Caution needed for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

What are the side effects of Azelastine?

  Most Common: Bitter taste, headache, drowsiness, nasal burning, inflammation of pharynx/nose, dry mouth, sneezing, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, nosebleed and increased weight.
  Body as Whole: Allergic reaction, back pain, viral infection, discomfort or uneasiness, pain in extremities, abdominal pain and fever.
  Heart : Flushing, high blood pressure and fast heart rate.
  Skin: Contact dermatitis, inflammation, hair follicle infection, skin infection and skin laceration.
  Gastrointestinal: Constipation, inflammation of stomach/tongue/intestine, ulcer, vomiting, increased SGPT, diarrhea and toothache.
  Metabolic: Increased appetite.
  Musculoskeletal: Muscle/joint pain, jawbone dislocation and joint inflammation.
  Central Nervous System: Hyperactivity and fainting.
  Psychological: Anxiety, depersonalization, depression, nervousness, sleep disorder and abnormal thinking.
  Respiratory: Asthma, coughing, throat burning, inflammation of larynx/bronchus/sinus, dry throat, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, nasal dryness and post nasal drip.
  Eye and ENT: Eye inflammation, eye pain, watery eyes, nasal sore and loss of taste.
  Genitourinary : Presence of albumin in urine, breast pain, absence of menstrual period, blood in urine and increased urinary frequency.

What are the other precautions for Azelastine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Azelastine?

Store it at controlled room temperature 20- 25C.




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