Astelin belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines.
Astelin provides relief from bothersome nasal symptoms such as congestion, itchy/runny nose, sneezing and postnasal drip due to seasonal allergens or environmental irritants.
Astelin is steroid-free, does not contain pseudoephedrine, and relieves your symptoms by blocking the effects of histamine - the primary cause of allergy symptoms.
What makes Astelin unique is that it is a steroid-free antihistamine nasal spray that provides symptom relief whether the trigger is an allergen (grass, trees, pollen, mold, etc.), an irritant (cigarette smoke, perfume, cleaning agents, car exhaust, cold air, etc.), or both.
Generic name of Astelin is Azelastine.
Astelin is available in:
- 0.1% 10 ml Min Dosage
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Use Astelin exactly as directed.
Astelin can be used by patients as young as 5 years of age, depending on what type of rhinitis they have been diagnosed with.
For those with seasonal allergic rhinitis, patients from 5 to 11 years of age should administer 1 spray in each nostril twice daily.
Patients 12 years of age and older with seasonal allergic rhinitis should administer 2 sprays of Astelin in each nostril twice daily.
For those with nonallergic vasomotor rhinitis, patients 12 years of age and older should administer 2 sprays of Astelin in each nostril twice daily.
Before using Astelin for the first time, remove the child-resistant screw cap and replace with the pump unit. Prime the delivery system (pump unit) with four sprays or until a fine mist appears. If 3 days or more have elapsed since your last use of the nasal spray, reprime the pump with two sprays or until a fine mist appears.
Missing a dose
If you miss a dose of Astelin follow your doctor's dosing instructions. Do not take Astelin more often than prescribed. Do not take 2 doses at once.
If you overdose Astelin and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately.
Store at a room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture and sunlight. Keep in a tightly closed container. Throw away the after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.