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Generic: azelastine ophthalmic
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It is used in the eye to treat itching of eyes caused by hay fever or other allergies
               



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What is this medicine?

AZELASTINE (a ZEL as teen) is an antihistamine. It is used in the eye to treat itching of eyes caused by hay fever or other allergies.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • wear contact lenses
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to azelastine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt the head back slightly and pull down the lower eyelid with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops (usually 1 drop) into the pouch. Close the eye gently. Do not blink. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. If you use other eye medicines, they should be used at least 10 minutes before or after this medicine. Eye ointments should be applied last.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 3 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

               
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