What is the most important information I should know about azelastine and fluticasone nasal?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What is azelastine and fluticasone nasal?
Azelastine and fluticasone nasal (for the nose) is a combination antihistamine and steroid medication used to treat sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itching, and other nasal symptoms of allergies. This medicine is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.
Azelastine and fluticasone nasal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using azelastine and fluticasone nasal?
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- sores or ulcers inside your nose;
- an injury of or surgery on your nose;
- chickenpox or measles;
- tuberculosis or any other infection or illness;
- herpes infection of your eyes; or
- glaucoma or cataracts.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Using azelastine and fluticasone nasal while you are breast-feeding may cause your breast milk to taste bitter. If you breast-feed while using this medicine, watch for signs that your baby is not nursing as well. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby.
How should I use azelastine and fluticasone nasal?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.
Shake the medicine bottle gently just before each use.
Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes or mouth.
If the medicine gets in your eyes, rinse with water for 10 minutes and then call your doctor.
Do not allow a young child to use this medicine without help from an adult.
Store this medicine in an upright position at room temperature. Do not freeze or refrigerate.
Throw away the medicine after you have used 120 sprays, even if there is still medicine left in the bottle.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of azelastine and fluticasone nasal is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
Using too much of this medicine long term can lead to thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while using azelastine and fluticasone nasal?
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.
Drinking alcohol with this medicine can increase certain side effects.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using azelastine and fluticasone nasal.
What are the possible side effects of azelastine and fluticasone nasal?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using the medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
- severe drowsiness;
- severe or ongoing nosebleeds;
- noisy breathing, runny nose, or crusting around your nostrils;
- redness, sores, or white patches in your mouth or throat;
- fever, chills, tiredness, body aches;
- blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
- any wound that will not heal; or
- signs of low adrenal gland hormones --worsening tiredness or weakness, feeling light-headed, nausea, vomiting.
Steroid medicine can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using azelastine and fluticasone nasal.
Common side effects may include:
- nosebleeds; or
- altered sense of taste.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect azelastine and fluticasone nasal?
Using this medicine with other drugs that make you drowsy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
- ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra); or
- antifungal medicine --fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect azelastine and fluticasone nasal, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about azelastine and fluticasone nasal.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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