IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

AZELASTINE NASAL

(azz-ELL-us-teen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Astelin

USES: This antihistamine medication is used to relieve symptoms related to seasonal allergies.

HOW TO USE: Use exactly as directed in the illustrated instruction sheet within the package and follow directions on the prescription label. Alternate nostrils when giving yourself the medicine. The medicine usually begins working within 3 hours of use.

SIDE EFFECTS: Generally the medication is well tolerated. Bitter taste, headache and drowsiness have occurred, as well as nasal burning, sneezing, and dry mouth. If these continue or are bothersome, notify your doctor. Very unlikely but report: palpitations, chest pain, anxiety, mental/mood changes, diarrhea, numbness and tingling of hands or feet, change in sense of smell, vision problems, inability to urinate, weight gain, muscle pain. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: allergies, kidney problems, liver problems, heart disease, high blood pressure. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug is excreted into human milk. Discuss the risks of breast-feeding with your doctor. Alcohol may intensify any drowsiness effect from this drug.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription or prescription medication you may take, especially of: cimetidine, sleep medicines, sedatives, tranquilizers, drugs for anxiety, narcotic pain relievers, antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs (e.g., chlorpromazine, haloperidol), other antihistamines. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with anyone else.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store at controlled room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from sunlight and moisture. Protect from freezing. Keep the bottle upright with the pump tightly closed.

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