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Astelin (Azelastine Hydrochloride)and/or alternatives
Astelin 137mcg/Spray from $1.65 USD/mlAstelin 137mcg/Spray
Marketed as Rhinolast Nasal Spray in European Union
Manufactured by: Meda Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Product of United Kingdom. Shipped from United KingdomRxPrescription Required
Azelastine Hydrochloride 137mcg/Spray from $1.35 USD/mlAzelastine Hydrochloride 137mcg/Spray
Generic Alternative to Astelin
Marketed as Arzep in India
Manufactured by: German Remedies
Product of India. Shipped from IndiaRxPrescription Required
General Information on Astelin
Astelin is indicated in the treatment of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis such as a runny nose, itching, and sneezing. The generic name of this drug is Azelastine Nasal, and it falls under a category of drugs known as antihistamines.
Astelin works by blocking the activity of an enzyme called histamine that is responsible for certain symptoms associated with allergic reactions. The drug is meant for intranasal administration only.
In addition to Azelastine Hydrochloride, the active component, Astelin also contains the following inert ingredients: Edetate Disodium, Benzalkonium Chloride, Hypromellose, Dibasic Sodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Purified Water, and Sodium Chloride. You should buy Astelin online only if your doctor has prescribed it for your treatment.
Side effects of Astelin
The use of Astelin is contraindicated in patients with a known allergy to its active constituent, Azelastine Hydrochloride. While a mild allergic reaction can trigger skin rashes or itching, a severe allergic reaction can cause serious side effects such as breathing difficulty or trouble swallowing. You must seek emergency medical help if you experience an allergic reaction after using Astelin.
Astelin can cause drowsiness or sleepiness. It may also increase the tranquilizing effects of certain drugs such as narcotic pain relievers, muscle relaxers, sleeping pills, anti-seizure medicines, antidepressants, and other allergy medicines. Inform your doctor about all the drugs that you are taking before starting treatment. While you are using Astelin, do not drive or perform other potentially hazardous activities unless you are sure about how you react to this drug.
Other common side effects of this antihistamine include: mild headache, sore throat, dry mouth, nausea, eye redness, or nosebleeds. Consult your doctor if any of these side effects become severe or persist for a long time.
Less common but serious side effects of Astelin include: uneven heartbeat, chest tightness, or wheezing. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects.
Astelin is listed as a pregnancy category C drug. Its safety in pregnant women has not been established. You should consult your doctor before using Astelin if you are pregnant.
The contents of this drug may enter breast milk and cause harm to a breastfeeding child. Breastfeeding mothers should seek their doctor’s permission before using this drug.
The safety of Astelin in children younger than 5 years has not been established.
Dosage of Astelin
The drug is available in only one strength, Astelin 137mcg. Each metered spray of Astelin nasal spray delivers 137mcg of Azelastine. You can use a bottle of Astelin nasal spray for 200 metered sprays.
The recommended dosage for the treatment of allergic rhinitis in patients 12 years and older is 1 or 2 sprays in each nostril two times a day. The recommended dosage for the treatment of allergic rhinitis in children between 5-11 years is 1 spray in each nostril two times a day.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.