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Azelastine is a prescription antihistamine that treats watery, itchy eyes due to allergies. It blocks histamines in the body that cause allergy symptoms related to pet dander, pollen and other substances. The brand name version of this medication is called Optivar.
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How does it work?
Azelastine is an antihistamine that blocks a chemical (histamine) in the body. Histamines cause allergy symptoms like itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion.
What does it treat?
Azelastine treats allergy symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. It works on allergies caused by things like hay fever, pollen, dust, mold or pet hair.
What forms does it come in?
This medication comes in two forms: a nasal spray that you put in your nose and eye drops for your eyes. The right medicine for you will depend on your symptoms and your medical history.
Azelastine vs. Optivar
Azelastine is the active ingredient that works on histamines in the body. It comes as an eye drop and a nasal spray. Optivar is the brand version of Azelastine that is only used in the eyes. Both medicines soothe allergy-related symptoms effectively and safely.
The brand drug Optivar is not currently available through Dr. B.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If an allergy prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Azelastine 0.05 % Eye Drops (6 mL dropper bottle) start at $12.99.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Azelastine 0.05 % Eye Drops (6 mL dropper bottle)*
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Azelastine prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Azelastine?
- Relieves stuffy nose
- Stops sneezing
- Dries up runny nose
- Soothes itchy, watery eyes
- Provides relief from allergy symptoms
Who should not use this medication?
- People who are allergic to it
- People who take certain medications
There are other conditions that might require extra care while using this medication. Talk to your provider about your medical history and any medications you’re taking before you start this allergy treatment.
How do I use this medication?
Your health provider will tell you how to use this medication correctly. The right way to take this medicine will depend on whether you’re using the nasal spray or the eye drops.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget a dose of this medication, take it when you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Taking too much of this medicine increases the risk of side effects.
What happens if I use too much?
Using too much of this medication can cause side effects. It's important to stick to the recommended dose to avoid these unwanted reactions.
If you’ve taken too much of this medicine, call your medical provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) right away.
Can I get Azelastine online?
If you need convenient relief from allergy symptoms, Dr. B can help. Fill out a short online health questionnaire and a licensed medical provider will review your health history and symptoms. If appropriate, they will send a prescription allergy treatment to the pharmacy of your choice.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Cascya Charlot
Cascya Charlot, MD is the current medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of Brooklyn, with a focus on pediatric allergy and asthma initiatives. She is also the head of the pediatric allergy and immunology department at NYP Methodist Hospital. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from New York University, Dr. Charlot continued her education at Harvard Medical School, where she went on to complete her residency in internal medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital.
Most side effects are mild and usually only last a short time. The most common side effects are:
- Bitter taste
- Temporary stinging in the eyes
If you experience severe side effects like fast heartbeat, severe dizziness or trouble breathing—or other new and worrying symptoms—contact your health provider or pharmacist immediately.