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Created: 2006-10-13 10:50:22.0
Modified: 2010-04-20 12:40:23.0
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Canadian Brand Names
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
How does it work?
• Azelastine blocks the allergic reaction by minimizing or preventing the body's reaction to the allergen.
How is it best taken?
• This medicine is most effective if started before contact with the allergen. Take at least 1-3 hours before.
• For the nose only.
• Blow your nose before use.
• Follow directions given by healthcare provider or read the package insert.
• For the eye only.
• Wash hands before and after use.
• Take out contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given. Do not put contacts back in if eyes are irritated or infected.
• Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
• Tilt head back and drop medicine into eye.
• After using medicine, keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps the medicine in your eye.
• Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store upright at room temperature. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused portion after 3 months.
Mexican Brand Names
Amsler; Astelin; Az Ofteno
Histamine H1 Antagonist; Histamine H1 Antagonist, Second Generation
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to azelastine or any other part of this medicine.
• 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, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
U.S. Brand Names
Astelin®; Astepro®; Optivar®
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Instill a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not instill a double dose or extra doses.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?