Azelastine sold under brand names such as Optivar. Azelastine belongs to a class of drugs called antihistamines. It works by blocking histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergy symptoms.
Ophthlamic azelastine is used to relieve the itching of allergic pink eye. Other uses include asthma and skin rashes and is taken orally.
Azelastine comes as a solution to be applied to the eye. It is usually instilled into the affected eye twice a day. Use at approximately the same time each day to remind yourself to use azelastine. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any areas you do not understand. Use azelastine exactly as directed. Do not use more or less, or use more often than directed by your doctor.
Some common side effects are:
- burning or stinging in the eyes
- bitter taste
- eye pain
- blurry vision
- excessive fatigue
- sore throat
Some side effects can be serious:
- bitterness in the mouth
- sore mouth or throat
- nose pain or discomfort
- Cold symptoms
Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.