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What Is Azelastine HCl?

Azelastine HCl is a potent antihistamine nasal spray, offering relief for those battling seasonal allergies. It works by blocking histamine, a substance in the body that triggers allergy symptoms. With its swift action, it eases sneezing, itching, and runny noses. Intrigued by how it can improve your daily comfort? Discover the full scope of Azelastine HCl's benefits in our comprehensive guide.
Jennifer Long
Jennifer Long

Azelastine HCI, also known as azelastine hydrochloride, is a prescription medication. It is categorized as a histamine antagonist, which means it blocks histamines produced by the body as a response to foreign agents. This medication treats both seasonal and environmental agents.

Seasonal and perennial rhinitis are the medical terms used to describe the inflammation and irritation of the nasal passages. These symptoms occur as an effect of reactions to irritants such as pollen, dust, or animal dander. Allergic conjunctivitis is the medical term used to describe itching of the eyes caused by seasonal or environmental allergies. These instances are the primary treatment uses of azelastine HCI.

There are a few medications that can have drug interactions with azelastine HCl.
There are a few medications that can have drug interactions with azelastine HCl.

When prescribed to treat rhinitis, azelastine HCI is dispensed as a nasal spray, in pump form. Dosages differ depending on each patient's age and symptom severity. For children age five to 11, each nostril gets one spray twice a day. Children who are 12 years or older and adults should have two sprays in each nostril twice a day.

Azelastine HCI in an opththalmic solution is used to treat allergic conjunctivitis. It is a liquid that is applied to the affected eye. Children age three or older and adults should apply one drop into the eye twice a day. An eye dropper helps dispense the solution properly and should not touch the eye when used.

Azelastine HCI can be used to treat allergic conjunctivitis.
Azelastine HCI can be used to treat allergic conjunctivitis.

Although rare, there are a few azelastine HCI drug interactions that can occur. The effects of alcohol may be intensified by this medication, so alcohol should be consumed in moderation. Azelastine should not be taken with certain acid reflux medications, such as cimetidine, because the side effects of azelastine can be intensified. The prescribing doctor should be told of all medications that are being taken, both over-the-counter and prescription.

Azelastine HCI may cause fatigue in some individuals.
Azelastine HCI may cause fatigue in some individuals.

Side effects of azelastine HCI are minimal. Common side effects of the nasal version include a burning sensation in the nose, muscle pain, bitter taste in the mouth, and fatigue. The common side effects of the eye drops include a stinging sensation, fatigue, blurry vision, and headaches. These symptoms generally subside with continued use. If side effects persist, the prescribing doctor should be consulted.

Azelastine HCI may be prescribed to manage seasonal allergies.
Azelastine HCI may be prescribed to manage seasonal allergies.

Serious risks of azelastine HCI include an allergic reaction and heart problems. If there is an allergy to azelastine or any other medication, doctors should be told. Additionally, if pre-existing heart conditions are present, the prescribing doctor should be aware of these conditions and any current treatments.

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    • There are a few medications that can have drug interactions with azelastine HCl.
      By: JJAVA
      There are a few medications that can have drug interactions with azelastine HCl.
    • Azelastine HCI can be used to treat allergic conjunctivitis.
      By: Stacy Barnett
      Azelastine HCI can be used to treat allergic conjunctivitis.
    • Azelastine HCI may cause fatigue in some individuals.
      By: WavebreakMediaMicro
      Azelastine HCI may cause fatigue in some individuals.
    • Azelastine HCI may be prescribed to manage seasonal allergies.
      By: jovanmandic
      Azelastine HCI may be prescribed to manage seasonal allergies.
    • The adverse side effects of azelastine HCL may include blurry vision and headaches.
      By: bellemedia
      The adverse side effects of azelastine HCL may include blurry vision and headaches.
    • Eye itching caused by allergies may be relieved with azelastine HCI.
      By: djtaylor
      Eye itching caused by allergies may be relieved with azelastine HCI.
    • Combining azelastine HCI with alcohol may increase the incidence of depression, fatigue and drowsiness.
      By: Focus Pocus LTD
      Combining azelastine HCI with alcohol may increase the incidence of depression, fatigue and drowsiness.
    • Combining the wrong medications can lead to worsening of symptoms or dangerous interactions.
      By: Gennadiy Poznyakov
      Combining the wrong medications can lead to worsening of symptoms or dangerous interactions.