Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

This medicine usually comes with patient information insert. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

This medicine is for use only in the nose. Do not get any of it in your eyes or on your mouth. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off with water and call your doctor right away.

Do not use this medicine for any other nose problem without checking with your doctor first.

To use the spray:

  • When you use the azelastine nasal spray for the first time, you must prime the spray. Press down fully the top of the pump 6 times or until a fine spray comes out. Prime again with 2 sprays if it has not been used for 3 or more days.
  • Gently blow your nose before using the spray. Tilt your head back slightly and insert the tip of the nose piece into your nostril.
  • Close the opposite nostril with a finger. Release 1 spray and at the same time, breathe in gently through the nostril.
  • Hold your breath for a few seconds then breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  • Spray the opposite nostril using the same steps.
  • Do not blow your nose or tip your head back after using the spray.
  • Wipe the tip of the outside of the nose piece with a clean, dry tissue or cloth and put the cap back on.
  • Throw this medicine away after you use 200 sprays.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For nasal dosage form (spray):
    • For treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis:
      • Adults, teenagers, and children 12 years of age—2 sprays in each nostril two times a day. Each spray contains 137 micrograms (mcg) of azelastine.
      • Children 6 to 11 years of age—1 spray in each nostril two times a day.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis:
      • Adults, teenagers, and children 12 years of age—1 or 2 sprays in each nostril two times a day, or 2 sprays in each nostril once a day. Each spray contains 137 micrograms (mcg) of azelastine.
      • Children 6 to 11 years of age—1 spray in each nostril two times a day.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Store the bottle upright with the pump tightly closed.