Astepro® Allergy works by blocking a chemical called “histamine” — the substance actually responsible for nasal allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, sneezing and runny nose, and itchy nose. Since Astepro is a spray, it can be administered through the nose, right at the source.
Astepro® Allergy and Astelin® both contain Azelastine HCl, but they differ in concentration, taste and dosing. Astepro Allergy has a 50% higher concentration of azelastine HCl than prescription Astelin. Astepro Allergy also has the improved taste profile and includes artificial sweetener ingredients sucralose and sorbitol, as found in prescription Astepro. Lastly, Astepro Allergy has flexible dosing, up to 24 hours and Astelin only has 12 hour dosing.
Astepro® may cause drowsiness. In clinical trials, drowsiness was observed in less than 4% of those who took Astepro. For more information on side effects, please review the Astepro Allergy product label.
Both are antihistamines. However, pills take time to travel through the body to be fully effective while Astepro® can be sprayed directly into the nose to help relieve symptoms associated with allergens faster. Astepro is also the only single-ingredient nasal antihistamine indicated to provide congestion relief.
Priming allows for an easier, more even spray, ensuring the right amount of medicine per nostril. Before initial use, prime the Astepro® bottle by releasing six sprays or until a fine mist appears. If not used for several days, re-prime the Astepro bottle with two sprays or until a fine mist appears.
If you can’t get a fine mist from your bottle of Astepro® Allergy, it may be clogged.
Don’t use a pin or sharp object to unclog it, as that can damage the pump. Instead, unscrew (turn left) the spray pump unit and soak in warm water while pumping the nozzle several times until the passage has cleared.
Let the spray pump air dry before screwing (turn right) tightly back onto bottle.
Unlike allergy sprays like Flonase® and Nasacort® that contain steroids, Astepro® is an intranasal antihistamine, not a steroid spray, and does not contain a label warning about potential pediatric growth suppression.
Yes; Astepro® contains the same exact strength as the version that previously required a prescription. In fact, there were two strengths of Astepro available with a prescription: 0.1% and 0.15%. The Astepro Allergy product now available over the counter is the higher strength 0.15% formulation.