Astepro

Generic Name: Azelastine

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Astepro is a nasal spray that is used to relieve symptoms of seasonal and year-round allergies.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Astepro works by blocking the release of a chemical in your body called histamine that causes allergic symptoms.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: By blocking histamine release, Astepro may help improve your nasal allergy symptoms.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Astepro exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an improvement in your nasal symptoms after you start using Astepro. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to check how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: bitter taste, headache, nasal discomfort, nosebleed, tiredness, sleepiness, sneezing, upper respiratory infection.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Astepro if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Astepro. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Seasonal Allergies

    Adults and children ≥12 years: The recommended dose of Astepro 0.1% and Astepro 0.15% is 1 or 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day. Astepro 0.15% can also be administered as 2 sprays in each nostril once a day.

    Children ≥6-11 years: The recommended dose of Astepro 0.1% and Astepro 0.15% is 1 spray in each nostril twice a day.

    Year-round Allergies

    Adults and children ≥12 years: The recommended dose of Astepro 0.15% is 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day.

    Children ≥6-11 years: The recommended dose of Astepro 0.1% and Astepro 0.15% is 1 spray in each nostril twice a day.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Astepro exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Patanase without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    You must prime (to release into the air the dose that is already in the device) the nasal spray unit if you are using it for the first time or if it has been disassembled for cleaning. Press the pump until you see a fine mist; this should happen in 6 sprays or less. Also, you must prime the pump by pressing twice or until you see a fine mist if it has not been used for 3 days or longer.

    Gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils. Keep your head tilted downward toward your toes when you spray Astepro into each of your nostrils. Breathe gently and do not tip your head back after using the spray.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Astepro.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not spray Astepro in your eyes or mouth.

    Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in dangerous activities after you use Astepro.

    Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that can cause you to feel sleepy while you are using Astepro.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Astepro is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Astepro with the following: alcohol, cimetidine, erythromycin, ketoconazole, or other medicines that can cause sleepiness.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Astepro during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Astepro, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store upright at room temperature. Do not freeze.