Learn about Astepro the new formulation of Astelin from Michael Marcus, MD Pediatric Pulmonary in the Maimonides Medical Center Fellowship,Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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Male Speaker 1: You are seeing a lot of ads on TV or whatnot about Astepro, What is Astepro and what's the difference between Astepro and Astelin? Male Speaker 2: Well Astepro and Astelin for that matter is a nose spray with the basic ingredient being azelastine. Azelastine is an antihistamine nose spray that has other anti-inflammatory properties. It's a nose spray that works in a number of different conditions. Azelastine works very effectively as a treatment for allergies, specifically allergic rhinitis and it also helps for the condition called Vasomotor Rhinitis, where the nasal symptoms are caused by irritation and inflammation of the lining of the nose, not triggered by allergies. Male Speaker 1: What's the advantage of Astepro over Astelin, since they are made by the same company? Male Speaker 2: Astepro is the newer product, the basic ingredient is exactly the same but the medium, the dissolving portion of the medication is very different. The azelastine is dissolved in a combination sucralose medium which has a sweeter flavor and allows the medication to be much more easily tolerated by the patient. Male Speaker 1: Is there any contraindication or any conditions that used in Astepro or Astelin that you can think of? Male Speaker 2: Not anything other than hypersensitivity and allergic reaction to the product itself in the past. Male Speaker 1: Are there nose bleeds with this, which we see sometimes with the steroid nasal spray? Male Speaker 2: There's always a risk of nose bleeds when you put anything in your nose but the nose bleed seem to be less frequent with this preparation, Astepro, than with nasal steroids by my own experience.

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