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What Is Azelastine Used For?

Azelastine is used for the treatment of seasonal nasal allergy symptoms and nasal symptoms that are not caused by allergens. Depending on the specific product and the reason for using it, the medication can be used by children as young as five or six years old. Off-label Astelin uses may include the treatment of year-round nasal allergy symptoms.

What Is Azelastine Used For? -- An Overview

Azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray (Astelin®, Astepro) is a prescription medication approved to treat the following conditions:
 
  • Seasonal and year-round (perennial) nasal allergy symptoms in adults and children as young as five years old
  • Non-allergic nasal symptoms due to irritants in adults and children as young as 12 years old.
     
Astepro is approved to treat seasonal and year-round (perennial) allergies, while Astelin as approved for treating seasonal allergies and allergies due to other irritants (vasomotor rhinitis).
(This article refers to azelastine nasal spray (Astelin or Astepro). For the eye drop form of this medication, see Optivar Uses.)
  

Why Is Azelastine Used for Nasal Allergies?

Allergies are the immune system's specific reaction to a normally harmless substance, such as pollens, certain foods, or medicines. Allergies can either be seasonal or perennial. Seasonal allergies (such as hay fever) occur at specific times of the year, while perennial allergies can occur throughout the year.
 
Allergies can affect various parts of the body, and symptoms are particularly common in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Nasal allergies (also known as allergic rhinitis) mostly affect the nose and eyes. Symptoms may include:
 
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itching nose, eyes, ears, or throat.
     
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, allergy treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment often includes allergy shots or medications. Azelastine is a particularly useful allergy medicine for treating symptoms that primarily affect the nose.
 
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