What is Azelastine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Astelin Astepro Optivar Show all

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See also: Dymista

Azelastine is an antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer. As a nasal spray it is used to relieve seasonal allergies. As an ophthalmic preparation it is used to treat itching of the eye associated with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Allergies 44 27
Seasonal allergy 38 16
Allergic rhinitis 35 19
Non-allergic rhinitis 4 2
Sinus infection (sinusitis) 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
4
Moderate
16
Mild
12
None
30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Azelastine

Side effect Patients
Bad taste in mouth 6
Bitter taste 3
Nosebleeds (epistaxis) 3
Dry mouth 2
Gastroesophageal reflux disease 2
Headaches 2

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Azelastine

Dosage Patients
137 mcg twice daily 10
137 mcg daily 6
274 mcg twice daily 5
0.1 % twice daily 2
274 mcg daily 2
2 137mcg/puff as needed 2
30 mL daily 1
206 mcg daily 1
200 other twice daily 1
206 mcg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Azelastine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 10
Doctor's advice 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Other 6
Side effects too severe 6
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Personal research 2
See all 37 patients who've stopped taking Azelastine

Duration

Currently taking Azelastine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Azelastine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 27
Usually 25
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 32
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 2
$25-49 7
< $25 27
Not specified 23

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Azelastine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluticasone nasal spray (Flonase Nasal Spray) 4
Mometasone nasal (Nasonex) 2
Azelastine-fluticasone (Dymista) 1
Desloratadine (Clarinex) 1
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Azelastine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Desloratadine (Clarinex) 1
Fluticasone nasal spray (Flonase Nasal Spray) 1
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 1
Mometasone nasal (Nasonex) 1
Montelukast (Singulair) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Azelastine

Sep 1, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for allergic rhinitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 137 mcg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 20, 2009 (Started Aug 04, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (bad taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 548 mcg Daily
Side effects: bad taste in mouth

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 15, 2008 (Started Jul 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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