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Rhinolast is an anti-allergy medication used to treat allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the nose caused by an allergen. Common symptoms can include sneezing, itchy, watery eyes or runny nose.
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Rhinolast Nasal Spray

What is Rhinolast Nasal Spray?

Rhinolast Nasal Spray is an anti-allergy medication. It can be used to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal passages and sinuses, as a result of exposure to an allergen. Allergens that can cause allergic rhinitis include flakes of skin from animals, pollen and dust. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is especially common and is also known as hayfever. Rhinolast can help to alleviate some or all of these symptoms.

Rhinolast is prescription only medication. You must have a prescription in order to buy it. However, following a brief online consultation, we can prescribe Rhinolast to you. Contact us to find out more.

The active ingredient in Rhinolast is azelastine hydrochloride. For more information on Rhinolast, consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

When the body is exposed to an allergen, it produces a chemical called histamine. This causes swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages and results in allergic rhinitis symptoms such as sneezing and a runny nose.

Rhinolast is an antihistamine medication. It works by blocking the production of histamine, reducing swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages and relieving or preventing rhinitis symptoms.

Rhinolast should begin working to alleviate allergic rhinitis symptoms around 15 minutes after you use it.

Before you take it

You must not use Rhinolast if you are allergic to the active ingredient, azelastine hydrochloride. Consult with your doctor, who will be able to find an alternative medication to treat your symptoms.

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you must discuss with your doctor before using Rhinolast. Rhinolast passes into the bloodstream in very small amounts, but it is not clear how it affects an unborn baby. You will usually only be prescribed Rhinolast during pregnancy if the benefits of using it outweigh the risks to your baby.

Rhinolast may pass into breastmilk. As a result you should avoid using it while breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor for more advice.

Rhinolast may make you drowsy. You should not operate machinery or drive while using Rhinolast, as it can affect your concentration and make you sleepy.

Rhinolast may interact with the following medications. You should make sure you inform your doctor before using Rhinolast if you are taking any of the following:

  • Alprazolam to treat anxiety
  • Muscle relaxers such as Carisoprodol
  • Cetirizine to treat allergy symptoms
  • Codeine to treat pain relief

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings and interactions. For a full list, please consult the patient information leaflet or speak with your doctor.

Dosage Instructions

You should always use Rhinolast exactly as prescribed. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to use Rhinolast, consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

The usual dose is one spray into each nostril twice daily. It is advisable to spray one dose into each nostril in the morning, and again in the evening. However, your doctor may prescribe you a different dose depending on your condition. Always follow your doctor’s instructions.

Your doctor or pharmacist will show you how to use the Rhinolast spray. If you are not sure, there is a diagram included in the patient information leaflet. If in doubt, speak to your pharmacist or doctor for advice.

Rhinolast should begin working within around 15 minutes. There is no need to use it before you experience symptoms.

Do not spray Rhinolast into the mouth or the eyes.

Store Rhinolast in a cool, dry place, free from heat and moisture. Do not refrigerate. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Rhinolast

Like all medication, Rhinolast may cause side effects. Not everyone will experience them, but if you do, they are usually mild to moderate in nature and should go away on their own as your body becomes used to the medication. However, if these side effects persist, consult your doctor for advice. They may include:

  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth, causing you to feel sick
  • Nosebleeds

Rhinolast can also cause more serious side effects. If you experience these, stop using Rhinolast and go to your doctor. These side effects may include:

  • Irritation of the inside of the nose
  • Excessive nosebleeds
  • Sneezing
  • Hypersensitivity reactions, such as skin rash

Rhinolast may also cause a serious allergic reaction. This is extremely rare, but an allergic reaction is an emergency. If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction, seek medical advice immediately. Symptoms may include:

  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Hives or nettle rash
  • Skin rash, including blistering, peeling, redness or itching

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. For a complete list, you should consult the patient information leaflet or go to your doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Rhinolast suitable for children?

Rhinolast is suitable for children 6 years of age and older. However, we do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.

I’m pregnant. Can I use Rhinolast?

You should not normally use Rhinolast if you are pregnant. You will only be prescribed Rhinolast if pregnant if your doctor is happy that the benefits of using it outweigh the risk to your baby. Consult your doctor for more information.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you forget to use Rhinolast, simply wait until your next scheduled time to use it, and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Never double up to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I use too much?

An overdose of Rhinolast is unlikely to harm you. You should contact your doctor if you are concerned, of have been using too much over an extended period of time. If you or a child accidentally drinks Rhinolast, you should immediately go to your local hospital casualty department.

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Dosage Instructions ONE spray per nostril TWICE a day, in the morning and evening.