Nasal Spray for Allergies Now Available Without a Prescription

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July 12, 2022 – A bit over a yr after its FDA approval, Bayer has introduced that its prescription-strength nasal spray for indoor and out of doors allergic reactions (model title Astepro) is now obtainable over-the-counter nationwide.

Astepro, which is made up of 0.15% power of the antihistamine azelastine and might take simply half-hour to kick in, is the primary and solely steroid-free antihistamine nasal spray for allergic reactions that may be bought and not using a prescription. The spray is made to alleviate congestion and signs of hay fever for these 6 years outdated and up.

Catherine Vennat, a vice chairman at Bayer’s advertising and marketing division, in a information launch referred to as the spray a “breakthrough” in allergy remedies. 

Customers of the OTC spray can use Astepro as much as twice a day to supply 24-hour aid, Bayer stated. In line with the product’s website, the medicine prices anyplace from $15.99 to $24.99 at main retail sstores throughout the nation and on-line by way of Walmart, Amazon, Walgreens and Goal.

“In my expertise, azelastine nostril spray is secure and efficacious,” says David Rosenstreich, MD, professor of allergy and immunology on the Albert Einstein Faculty of Medication. “It may be utilized by itself or together with a nasal corticosteroid like fluticasone for added symptom aid.” 

Rosenstreich added that, along with drowsiness, sufferers needs to be conscious that some customers expertise a nasty style of their mouths after utilizing the spray. 

Drowsiness is a potential aspect impact of Astepro, as it’s with different oral antihistamines like cetirizine (Zyrtec), loratadine (Claritin), and fexofenadine (Allegra).

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