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|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to azelastine or any other part of the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine relieves symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, nasal
irritation, itching) from allergies. Can be used in adults and children 5 years
old and older.
- The eye preparation treats eye itching caused by seasonal
|How does it work?|
- Azelastine, if taken before coming in contact with the material that
causes the allergy, blocks the allergic reaction by minimizing/preventing the
body's reaction to the allergen.
|How is it best taken?|
- For the nose only.
- Avoid spraying in your eyes.
- Read instructions on use given with medicine.
- There is also an eye solution available.
- Take out contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be replaced
15 minutes after medicine is given, but do not replace if eyes are red.
- This medicine is not for treatment of contact lens irritation.
- After applying drop to affected eye then close eyes. Apply pressure to
inside corner of eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps medicine in eye.
- Separate other eye medicine by 5 minutes.
- Do not touch bottle tip to eye, lid, or other skin.
- This medicine is most effective if started before contact with the
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Instill a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not use a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Wear disease alert identification for allergies.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Do not use if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling sleepy or unable to think clearly. Avoid driving, doing other
tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine
- For nasal solution, bitter taste.
- For eye solution, burning, stinging, headaches, or bitter
|What should I monitor?|
- Check effectiveness of medicine in preventing or treating
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store medicine upright at room temperature. Protect from freezing.
- Throw away opened medicine after 3
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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