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Astepro
(Azelastine)

Pred Forte
(Prednisolone Acetate)

Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Astepro (Azelastine) is a prescription-only antihistamine nasal spray that can help with your allergy or nasal symptoms without exposing the rest of your body to the medicine.Coming soon.
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Side effects
Asteproprednisolone acetate
  • Bitter taste 19%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 7%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Nosebleed 4%
  • Pink eye 3%
  • Cough 3%
  • Nasal burning 2%
  • Sneezing 2%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Paroxysmal sneezing 2%
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How it works
Asteproprednisolone acetate
Astepro (Azelastine) is an antihistamine nasal spray. It works directly in your nose to block histamine, a chemical that causes runny nose, itching, and sneezing.Coming soon.
Type of medication
Asteproprednisolone acetate
Antihistamine
2nd generation
Prescription only
Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant
Corticosteroid
Available as
Asteproprednisolone acetate
  • Nasal spray
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
Asteproprednisolone acetate
  • Inflammation
Risk factors for serious side effects
Asteproprednisolone acetate
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
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Pregnancy category
Asteproprednisolone acetate
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
  • Some people get a headache or feel drowsy and dizzy after using it.
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
Asteproprednisolone acetate
  • Astepro (Azelastine) lowers the number of nasal symptoms you'll get during allergy season.
  • Works faster than steroid nasal sprays and can be used as needed.
  • Most people don't have any side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
  • Won't make you feel sleepy.
  • Works just as well as steroid nasal sprays.
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Downsides and risks
Asteproprednisolone acetate
  • In older versions of the medicine, you can get a bitter taste in your mouth after spraying it into your nose.
  • Can cause nose bleeds if the spray nozzle is inserted into your nose wrongly.
  • Need a prescription to get Astepro (Azelastine).
  • It's good for 200 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Asteproprednisolone acetate
  • Starts working in 15 minutes.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray correctly.
  • Before using the spray for the first time, prime it until you see a fine mist.
  • Clear your nose before using the spray and breathe in slowly as you're spraying. After spraying, wait a few minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
  • Tilt your head forward to avoid getting a bitter taste while spraying the medicine.
  • Some people get a headache or feel drowsy and dizzy after using it.
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