Patient Instructions for Use
For use in your nose only
It is important that you read and follow these Patient Instructions for Use carefully to be sure
Important: For use in your nose only
you use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray the right way.
Read this information carefully before you start using ASTEPRO Nasal Spray and each time you
For the correct dose of medicine:
get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to
s Use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray exactly as prescribed by your
your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
What is ASTEPRO Nasal Spray?
s Keep your head tilted downward when spraying into your
s ASTEPRO Nasal Spray 0.1% and 0.15% is a prescription medicine used to relieve symptoms of
seasonal allergies in people age 12 and older.
s ASTEPRO Nasal Spray 0.15% is also used to relieve symptoms of year-round allergies in
s Change nostrils each time you use the spray.
s ASTEPRO Nasal Spray contains an antihistamine that may help reduce the nasal symptoms of
This will keep the medicine from running down into your
rhinitis (inflammation of the lining of the nose): stuffy nose, runny nose, itching and sneezing.
throat. You may get a bitter taste in your mouth.
It is not known if ASTEPRO Nasal Spray works and is safe or effective in children younger than
Follow the instructions below to use your ASTEPRO Nasal
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using ASTEPRO Nasal Spray?
Before using ASTEPRO Nasal Spray tell your healthcare provider about all your medical Before you use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray for the first time, you will need to prime the bottle.
conditions, including if you are:
s allergic to any of the ingredients in ASTEPRO Nasal Spray. See the end of this leaflet for a 1. Remove the blue dust cover over the tip of the bottle and the
complete list of ingredients in ASTEPRO Nasal Spray.
blue safety clip just under the “shoulders” of the bottle. See
s pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if
ASTEPRO Nasal Spray will harm your unborn baby.
2. Hold the bottle upright with two fingers on the
s breastfeeding. It is not known if ASTEPRO Nasal Spray passes into your breast milk.
shoulders of the spray pump unit and put your thumb on the
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take,
including prescription and
bottom of the bottle. Press upward with your thumb and release
non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. ASTEPRO Nasal Spray and other
for the pumping action. Repeat this until you see a fine mist.
medicines may affect each other, causing side effects.
This should happen in 6 sprays or less. See Figure 3.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your healthcare
provider when you get a new medicine.
Now your pump is primed and ready to use.
How should I use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray?
3. To get a fine mist you must pump the spray fast
s ASTEPRO Nasal Spray is to be sprayed in your nose only. Do not spray it into your eyes or
and use firm pressure against the bottom of the
bottle. If you see a stream of liquid, the spray will
s Use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. Do not
use more than
not work right and may cause nasal discomfort.
4. If you do not use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray for 3 or
s Read the Patient Instructions for Use at the end of this information for detailed instructions
more days, you will need to prime the pump with
about how to use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray.
2 sprays or until you see a fine mist. If you do not
s Before you use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray for the first time, you will need to prime the bottle. See
see a fine mist, clean the tip of the spray nozzle.
priming instructions at the end of this leaflet in the detailed Patient Instructions for Use.
s Do not use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray unless you see a fine mist after you do the priming sprays.
s Throw away your ASTEPRO Nasal Spray 0.1% bottle after using 200 sprays. Even though the bot-
To Use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray:
tle may not be completely empty, you may not get the correct dose of medicine.
1. Gently blow your nose to clear nostrils.
s Throw away your ASTEPRO Nasal Spray 0.15% bottle after using 200 sprays. Even though the
2. Keep your head tilted down ward toward your toes.
bottle may not be completely empty, you may not get the correct dose of medicine.
3. Place the spray tip 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 inch into one nostril. Hold bottle
s If a child accidentally swallows ASTEPRO Nasal Spray, get medical help or call a poison con-
upright and aim the spray tip toward the back of the nose.
trol center right away.
What should I avoid while using ASTEPRO Nasal Spray?
4. Close your other nostril with a finger. Press the pump one
ASTEPRO Nasal Spray can cause sleepiness:
time and sniff gently at the same time, keeping your head
s Do not drive a car, operate machinery or do dangerous activities after you use ASTEPRO Nasal
s Avoid drinking alcohol or taking other medicines that may cause you to feel sleepy while using
6. If your healthcare provider tells you to use 2 sprays in each
nostril, repeat Steps 2 through 5 above for the second spray
What are the possible side effects of ASTEPRO Nasal Spray?
Side effects of ASTEPRO Nasal Spray include:
7. Breathe in gently, and do not tilt your head back
ASTEPRO Nasal Spray. This will help to keep the medicine from
8. When you finish using ASTEPRO Nasal Spray, wipe the spray tip with a clean tissue or
cloth. Put the safety clip and dust cover back on the bottle.
To Clean the Spray Tip:
1. If the spray tip opening is clogged, do not use a pin or pointed object to unclog the tip.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Unscrew the spray pump unit from the bottle by turning it counter-clockwise (to the left).
These are not all of the possible side effects of ASTEPRO Nasal Spray. For more information, ask
2. Soak only the spray pump unit in warm water. Squirt several times while holding it under
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-
water. Use the pumping action to clear the opening in the tip. See Figure 6.
How should I store ASTEPRO Nasal Spray?
s Keep ASTEPRO Nasal Spray upright at 68° to 77°F (20° to 25°C).
s Do not freeze ASTEPRO Nasal Spray.
s Do not use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray after the expiration date “EXP” on the medicine label and box.Keep ASTEPRO Nasal Spray and all medicines out of reach of children.
General information about ASTEPRO Nasal Spray.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions other than those mentioned in patient informa-
3. Let the spray pump unit air dry. Make sure it is dry before you put it back onto the bottle.
tion. Do not use ASTEPRO Nasal Spray for a con dition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give 4. Put the spray pump unit back into the open bottle and tighten it by turning clockwise (to the
ASTEPRO Nasal Spray to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may
5. To keep the medicine from leaking out, use firm pressure when you put the pump back onto
This patient information summarizes the most important information about ASTEPRO Nasal
Spray. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your
6. After cleaning, follow the instructions for priming.
pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about ASTEPRO Nasal Spray that is written
For more information, go to www.ASTEPRO.com or call 1-800-598-4856.
What are the ingredients in ASTEPRO Nasal Spray?
Active ingredient: azelastine hydrochloride
Inactive ingredients: sorbitol, sucralose, hypromellose, sodium citrate, edetate disodium, benza-
lkonium chloride, and purified water.
registered trademarks of Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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